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Report: Netenyahu will not send negotiations delegation to Cairo
Life in Lebanon 'horrible' for Palestinians fleeing Syria
Published Tuesday 22/01/2013 (updated) 24/01/2013 16:34
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Palestinian women who had been living at Yarmouk refugee camp,
wait outside the Lebanese immigration authority to have their papers
stamped at the Lebanese-Syrian border (Reuters/Jamal Saidi, File)

BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Palestinian refugees who fled Syria's war to neighboring Lebanon are living up to 20 in a room with no water, fresh air or electricity, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday.

Donors needed to do more to help at least 20,000 Palestinians who have already come in from Syria and more than 200 who join them every day to endure "horrible" conditions, UN Relief and Works Agency chief Filippo Grandi told Reuters.

The near two-year revolt against Syria's President Bashar Assad has pushed refugees over all its borders, putting services under pressure and threatening to further destabilize an already fragile region.

Most of the Palestinians crossing Syria's southwestern border into Lebanon were living with friends and family in existing Palestinian camps set up to take in refugees after the creation of Israel in 1948, Grandi said in an interview.

He had toured the Shatila Palestinian camp and found "the conditions were horrible" for new arrivals.

"The main problem they have is accommodation. They rent small, cramped, very unsanitary premises without running water, without ventilation, without electricity," he said.

"And sometimes you see rooms in which 12, 15, 20 people live in really substandard conditions." He met one family living in a dark room with only one candle. "I couldn't see who I was speaking to," Grandi said.

Lebanon, the smallest of Syria's neighbors, already hosts more than 200,000 refugees from Syria but has not set up new camps to house them.

Some politicians fear an influx of majority Sunni Muslim Syrians and Palestinians will tip the demographic balance of a country that is still reeling from its own 15-year civil war. More than 400,000 Palestinian refugees already live in Lebanon.

Funds needed

UNRWA asked donors for $13 million to cover costs in Lebanon until June but only half has been donated and the agency thinks more will be needed.

"The donor community must help Lebanon bear the immense burden of this huge refugee problem," Grandi said.

Before the revolt, Syria hosted half a million Palestinian refugees.

A third were housed in the densely-built apartment blocks of Damascus' Yarmouk district but most of its residents were forced to flee when fighting erupted there in December.

Grandi said Jordan, which already hosts 2 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants from the Arab-Israeli wars, was turning back Palestinian refugees from Syria, though he did not have figures.

Jordan has said it cannot take in more Palestinian refugees.

"I understand the sensitivity of the issue for the Jordanian authorities," Grandi said.

"I would like to appeal to (Jordan) to exercise all humanitarian considerations when Palestinian refugees ask to be admitted to Jordanian territory from Syria," he added.
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1 ) they should go HOME / they have a state
22/01/2013 20:08
now

2 ) Reader / from Edmonton
22/01/2013 22:29
The Palestinian refugees in Syria are under UN protection. If they have no protection from foreign-sponsored insurgents in their camps, they should seek relief in parts of Syria where the UN can provide protection. All of the UNDOF peacekeepers in Syria can provide protection for the refugees, map attached. Pitch your tents under that umbrella: it's beautiful country. http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/dpko/undof.pdf

3 ) Maor / Germany
23/01/2013 07:53
Unfortunately it seems that the leaders of their new state don't want them. I don't understand how the Palestinian leadership can be so cruel to its own people and prevent them from reaching a safe place!

4 ) Reader / EU
23/01/2013 13:34
For those who don't know (#3 & #1): No-one can enter Palestine without Israel's permission. The border between Jordan and Palestine (Jordan valley) is controlled by Israeli border guards. So, even if Palestinian leadership wants to host the refugees from Syria (and I don't know if they want) Israel will not allow them to enter through Allenby bridge.

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
23/01/2013 17:28
NO-O-O-O-O-O-O !!!!!!! .... Jordan/Palestine CAN take them in !!!!!!!! @ 1) is TOTALLY right and that nation IS Jordan/Palestine !!!!!!! Why can't the Arab League donor nations who have so much money and have pledged so much money to the W. Bank Palestinians shift some of that money or boost their donations to Jordan/Palestine and help J/P absorb these Palestinian refugees ?????? WHY IN THE HELL CAN'T THE PALESTINIANS TAKE CARE OF ALL THEIR OWN LIKE WE DO ???? It CAN be done ... DO IT !!!!!

6 ) Poster / EU
23/01/2013 17:58
#1,3 & 4 - Even if the IDF would allow them in - where to put them? what state? to add to the overcrowded places? men, there is no work available for us, we get 1/2 pay if we have work. Syria and Lebanon are the ones with the UN more responsible to provide for them. S. Arabia & UNRWA need to open their doors and help them. Don't invite them in Palestine please.

7 ) Reader / from Edmonton
23/01/2013 19:54
It is no more expensive to support a Palestinian refugee in Palestine than it is anywhere else. And the State of Palestine is their home. There is nothing about the pre-1967 borders of the State of Palestine contrary to America's stated goals. Justice requires America to vote YES and bring peace to the region.

8 ) Israeli1 / Israel
24/01/2013 06:02
Justice requires that the big and empty land of Canada - millions of empty square miles be open to these refugees. They do not have to go but they should be given the opportunity to go to Canada. Why should only white settlers who stole the land from the Indians get to live in Canada? That is not cosmic justice! Canada Now!

9 ) Reader / from Edmonton
25/01/2013 00:41
Canada welcomes people from every nation. Israel, not so much. Israel is just too busy with illegal extra-territorial pursuits. Canada, not so much, but certainly not blameless.
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