Nahr al-Bared camp, Friday, March 11, 2016. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas and UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Kr?henbuhl announced Wednesday that international donors will be allocating $36 million for the continued reconstruction the Nahr al-Bared camp.The three-month-long clashes resulted in the death of 186 soldiers, 220 militants and around 20 civilians.In 2008, several countries promised to help reconstruct the camp in addition to providing support to Palestinians during the interim period in a project dubbed the "Emergency Plan". Yet in the subsequent years the outbreak of the Syrian crisis has left resources scarce and Palestinians received only some of the support they were promised almost 10 years ago. Instead the funds will contribute to the physical reconstruction of the camps, particularly the commercial districts.The funds would allow 2,264 families, or 11,000 individuals, to return to the camp by mid-2017 .Kr?henbuhl's visit comes in a year that witnessed significant tensions between UNRWA and Palestinian.
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