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al-Maghazi Refugee Camp:

al-Maghazi is a Palestinian refugee camp in Deir al-Balah Governorate. It was established in 1949 and is one of the smaller camps in Gaza Strip, both in terms of size and population.

Where is al-Maghazi Camp Located?

al-Maghazi refugee camp is located in the centre of the Gaza Strip, south of al-Bureij camp.

al-Maghazi is characterised by narrow alleys and high population density, with more than 24,000 refugees housed in an area of no more than 0.6 square kilometres. Most of the refugees who took shelter in al-Maghazi as they fled the hostilities of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war originated from villages in central and southern Palestine.

No construction or repair work can take place as the blockade prevents Gazans from importing building materials. This has intensified problems housing the expanding population and maintaining the camp’s overstretched infrastructure.

Like other camps in Gaza Strip, al-Maghazi suffers from high unemployment and poverty.

About al-Maghazi Camp

  • Just under 24,000 UNRWA registered refugees
  • Seven schools, three running on double shifts
  • One food distribution centre
  • One health centre
Source: UNRWA
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