London - 22 Nov 2016
The London-based Palestinian Return Center (PRC) and the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) issued a semi-annual report entitled “Palestinians of Syria: Between Displacement and Disappearance” and documenting the situation of Palestinian refugees for the period from January 2016 up to June 2016.
The report kept record of the death of 3,247 Palestinian refugees and the detention of over 1,100 others in war-torn Syria. At the same time, 220,000 Palestinians sought asylum out of Syria, 80,000 among whom got through to Europe.
The report is divided into seven sections. The first part covers the situation of the Palestinians of Syria in refugee camps and communities in the beleaguered Syrian territories, mostly in Yarmouk, Khan Al-Sheih, Al-Sayida Zeinab, Al-Husseiniya, Al-Sbiena, Jaramana, Khan Dannun, Deraa, Al-Neirab, Handarat, Homs-based Al-Aydeen, Hama-based Al-Aydeen, and Al-Raml refugee camps.
The second part sheds light on the mountainous journey endured by the Palestinian-Syrian Diaspora in Lebanon, Gaza, Turkey, and Europe.
Four sections are, meanwhile, devoted to the deadly risks run by the Palestinians of Syria on the asylum-seeking road and the initiatives embarked on by European institutions to rein in the crisis.
The last section spotlights the death toll and number of detainees among the Palestinian-Syrian refugee community.
AGPS documented the death of 3,247 Palestinian refugees due to war-related incidents and accidents, both inside and outside of Syria, since the outburst of deadly hostilities until June 2016.
The raging war took away the lives of 173 Palestinian refugees, including 115 civilians and 58 gunmen, during the first half of 2016.
According to the report, several refugees housed in such refugee camps as Al-Sbiena and Handarat have been forced out of their shelters. Meanwhile, less than 3,000 refugees, out of a total of 220,000 refugees, have remained in Yarmouk Camp after over half of its residents have been displaced to nearby towns for fear of being killed in the deadly offensives. At the same time, 12,000 Palestinians have remained in Khan Al-Sheih Camp, which had been shielding nearly 22,000 refugees prior to the war.
The majority of those displaced from their places of residence have sought refuge in areas controlled by the government battalions or the opposition outfits. Others fled to Turkey, Europe, East Asian Countries, and the Americas, seeking a safer refuge for their children.
The report indicates that 80,000 Palestinian refugees reached out to Europe up to the second half of 2016.
The fact-based data provided in the 100-page report has been complied by a team of on-the-spot correspondents, field observers, eye-witnesses, researchers, analysts, and professional journalists.
Four reports on the situation of the Palestinians of Syria during the first and second halves of 2014 and 2015, among several other documentary accounts, were previously released by PRC and AGPS.
To download the report please click here