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Refugees of Gaza demand basic human rights, including the right of return
16 April 2009
Press Release Date: 15 April 2009

PRC: Gaza Refugees "Perpetual" suffering

PICTURE - Tents again, 60 years after el nakba February 2009

Palestine Return Center (PRC) expresses deep anxiety on the

conditions of Palestinians in Gaza especially refugees who are the

majority. A harsh siege followed by a deadly war has destroyed the

life of people there. PRC calls for a prompt intervention to ease the

refugees' conditions in Gaza until long term solution is implemented.

The PRC has been calling for a resolution to the ongoing problem of

refugees. The Refugees of Gaza as well as abroad demand that their

basic human rights, right of return and self determination which is

recognized by UN resolution 194 and International law.

For almost 3 years now; the Israeli siege on Gaza has been

unrelenting in its destruction of life in Gaza. Many people have died

because they are not even able to travel abroad for treatment while

others still continue to suffer while their health conditions

tragically deteriorate. An entire population of 1.5 million Gazans,

mostly refugees, suffers from the lack of medicine, food, power and


The siege is grimly affecting the people of Gaza especially the

refugees who are concentrated in small camps. United Nations Relief

and Works Agency (UNRWA) housing projects estimated at $350 million

were halted as Israel will not allow construction materials into Gaza.

Hundred of thousands were eagerly awaiting that project but no hope

and respite was to come. The war has created a zone of perpetual

misery, where refuges are made refuges making a grim life even


The majority of the populations in Gaza are refugees whose number is

estimated to be 1, 200 out of 1.5 million. Over half of the refugees

in Gaza live in eight camps. Most of the people who fled to the Gaza

Strip as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war were from Jaffa, towns

and villages south of Jaffa, and from the Beersheva area in the Negev.

According to UNRWA the refugee camps in the Gaza Strip have one of

the highest population densities in the world. For example, over

80,688 refugees live in Beach camps whose area is less than one square

kilometer. This high population density is reflected in the

overcrowded UNRWA schools and classrooms. More than 2,066 new pupils

registered in the Agency's schools for the year 2004/2005. on average,

81% of the camps houses are connected to sewers and a total area of

paved roads and alleys is 385,000m2.

UNRWA whose existence was to alleviate the burden of refugees is

facing unprecedented strain in fulfilling its obligations due to lack

of fund. PRC is appealing to British Gov. to find resource for UNRWA

to fulfill its vital obligations upon which the people of Gaza are

completely reliant.

Picture - Tents again, 60 years after el nakba February 2009

Contact: David Halpin
Telephone: 0044 1364 661115
Email: [email protected]

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