The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) revealed in a new report issued Saturday that 95% of Palestine refugee population in Syria survive on its assistance.
Over 95 per cent of the Palestine refugee population in Syria are in critical need of humanitarian assistance, which comprises cash, food and non-food items, the report said.
Six years into the conflict, of the 560,000 Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA in Syria, an estimated 450,000 remain in the country. Almost 280,000 are internally displaced and 43,000 are trapped in hard-to-reach or inaccessible locations.
UNRWA estimates that there are over 120,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) outside of Syria, with around 31,000 displaced to Lebanon and 16,000 to Jordan. However, many PRS in Lebanon and Jordan have been pushed into a precarious and marginalized existence due to their uncertain legal status.
To support the Palestine refugee community affected by the debilitating conflict in Syria, UNRWA has launched its 2017 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal.
Over US$ 411 million is required for desperately needed humanitarian support in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan to ensure that Palestine refugees have access to education, health care, youth development, and protection services, among others.