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Jabalia Refugee Camp:

Jabalia refugee camp is a Palestinian refugee camp in North Gaza Governorate. It is the largest of the Gaza Strip's eight refugee camps.

Where is Jabalia Camp Located?

Jabalia Camp is located north of Gaza City, close to a village of the same name.

After the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, 35,000 refugees settled in the camp, most having fled from villages in southern Palestine.

Today, approximately 108,000 registered refugees live in the camp, which covers an area of only 1.4 square kilometres. The camp has a very urban character and overcrowding is a key concern for its residents.

The camp has been badly affected by the blockade of Gaza, which has led to extremely high unemployment. The ban on importing building materials has caused a housing shortage.

Residents also lack access to adequate drinking water and electricity supply.

About Jabalia Camp

  • Almost 108,000 UNRWA registered refugees
  • 37 schools, 13 running on double shifts
  • A further 13 schools in Beit Lahia, Beit Hanoun and Izbet Beit Hanoun
  • One food distribution centre
  • One health centre
Source: UNRWA
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