Palestinians from Jalazon walk as a crane adds to a wall that is being built around the Israeli settlement of Beit El, in Palestine. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI
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Nael al-Sharif is working on an extension to his property in the Jalazon refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.In many of the Palestinian camps, which have evolved down the decades into densely populated areas teeming with narrow alleyways, families that cannot afford to buy new land simply add floors to existing property.Sharif, 43, says his two-story home is too small for his entire family of around 30 people, so he is looking to add another two floors.Jalazon, 7 kilometers north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, is one of 18 U.N.-run refugee camps in the West Bank. Established in 1949 on 25 hectares of land, it was originally home to 2,500 people.Although its population has grown, the camp has not.The 18 West Bank camps and one in Shuafat in occupied East Jerusalem collectively house around 220,000 people, U.N. figures show.
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