UNRWA: 560,000 Palestinian refugees affected in the Syrian crisis

25-01-2017 11:32

Source: Palestine Information Centre


The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Pierre Krähenbühl said that “the lives of 560,000 Palestine refugees have been impacted by the deepening conflict in Syria and 430,000 Palestine refugees - 95 per cent of those refugees remaining in Syria - are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance”.


In his speech at an international conference on Tuesday in Helsinki, Krähenbühl said that 280,000 are internally displaced and around 43,000 are trapped in hard-to-reach or besieged areas. In addition to this, there are more than 30,000 Palestine refugees from Syria who have fled to Lebanon and nearly 17,000 who have fled to Jordan, where they face a marginalized and precarious existence.”, he added.


UNRWA recently launched an international appeal to help Palestinian refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis and asked for US$ 411 million to provide them with humanitarian assistance, protection, and basic services.

Topics : #Syria #Palestine #Palestinian refugees #War

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