Palestinian Refugees Denounce Price Leap in Syria Displacement Camp

Palestinian Refugees Denounce Price Leap in Syria Displacement Camp

In this August 27, 2016 file photo, a Syrian man carries a girl away from the rubble of a destroyed building after barrel bombs were dropped on the Bab al Nairab neighbourhood in Aleppo, Syria. (Aleppo Media Center / AP)

Residents of AlNeirab Camp, in Aleppo, said prices have skyrocketed at the local market, where vital products have been sold at exorbitant costs.

Local sources said prices of fuel and bread have seen an increase of 250% and 100% consecutively.

At the same time, a bus ticket from the camp to Aleppo University costs 800 pounds, up from 300 in previous months while a bread bundle is sold at 200 pounds, up from 100.

The residents called on local authorities to take serious measures in response to price manipulation and violations of product pricing rules.

Living conditions in AlNeirab Camp have sharply deteriorated due to the lack of financial resources and high unemployment rates wrought by the unbridled warfare.

AlNeirab camp is the largest official camp in Syria and is 13km east of the city of Aleppo near the Aleppo airport.

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.

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