The fire was reportedly caused by a short circuit overheat. Photo credit: AGPS
A fire broke out in AlNeirab camp for Palestine refugees in Aleppo overnight on Monday, resulting in heavy material damage.
Local sources said five civilian homes sustained serious damage. No injuries were reported.
The fire was reportedly caused by a short circuit overheat.
Activists have appealed to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to take urgent action in order to help civilians reconstruct their destroyed homes.
AlNeirab camp is the largest official camp in Syria and is 13km east of the city of Aleppo near the Aleppo airport.
UN data indicates that before the start of the conflict in Syria, Neirab camp was home to more than 20,000 Palestine refugees. Like other Palestine refugee camps in Syria, a large number of families, young people, have travelled abroad. The camp has also seen a large influx of more than 900 families from the nearby Ein el Tal camp, which has been mostly destroyed.
With nearly 18,000 registered refugees, Neirab camp is among the most densely populated camps. The camp suffers from overcrowding and a lack of privacy. Like other areas in Syria, displacement, unemployment, inflation, protection and security risks are among the main concerns shared by Palestine refugees and Syrians alike.
The location of the camp near the military airport means the area was exposed to hazards including mortars and shelling between the start of 2013 and the end of 2018.
Poor shelters and poor construction of the barracks result in scorching temperatures in summer and freezing conditions in winter. Water leakage and rodent infestation also remain a problem for the refugees.