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Khan Younis Refugee Camp

Khan Younis refugee camp is a Palestinian refugee camp in Khan Younis Governorate.

Where is Khan Younis Camp Located?

Khan Younis refugee camp is located about two kilometres from the Mediterranean coast, north of Rafah. It lies west of the town of Khan Younis, a major commercial centre and stopping-off point on the ancient trade route to Egypt.

After the 1948 war, 35,000 refugees took shelter in the camp, having fled their homes during the hostilities. Most were from the Be’er Sheva area. Today, Khan Younis camp is home to more than 68,000 refugees.

As in other camps in Gaza Strip, the blockade has led to an increase in unemployment, and problems accessing sufficient drinking water and electricity.

There are major problems with maintaining infrastructure and sufficient housing for the large population. No construction or rebuilding – either in terms of infrastructure or shelters – can take place as long as the ban on imports of construction materials remains in place.

About Khan Younis Camp

  • More than 68,000 UNRWA registered refugees
  • 43 schools, with 11 of 14 buildings run on double shifts
  • One food distribution centre
  • Three health centres
Source: UNRWA
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