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Palestinian Asylum Seekers Injured by Greek Coast Guard

Published : 01-10-2020

Palestinian Asylum Seekers Injured by Greek Coast Guard

Displaced Palestinian refugees from Syria said they were heavily beaten with batons at the hands of Greek border guards, while trying to illegally enter Greece, seeking humanitarian asylum. Injuries were reported. 

The refugees told AGPS that they were rounded up by Greek coast guards and subjected to heavy beating. Two young men sustained serious wounds after they were violently beaten on their heads and other vulnerable body parts, causing them to faint.

The refugees were pushed back to Turkey. Most of them fled the Neirab camp for Palestinian refugees, in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, before they entered the Turkish territories.

After ten years of conflict, Palestine refugees continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups in Syria with immense humanitarian needs.

Palestinian refugees in Syria (PRS) continue to launch cries for help over their deteriorating humanitarian condition due to the sharp decrease in the exchange rate of the Syrian pound compared to the USD and their lack of access to the local labor market. The price leap has also overburdened the cash-stripped refugees. 

Over 90 per cent of Palestine refugee households in Syria live in poverty and 40 per cent remain in protracted displacement as a result of conflict and the damage and destruction of their homes.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in its 2020 Syria regional crisis emergency appeal that 126,000 Palestine refugees in Syria (PRS) are identified as extremely vulnerable; 89% live in poverty; 91% live in extreme poverty; and 80% rely on UNRWA cash assistance as their main source of income.

UNRWA also said that 55% of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents; 100% of PRS are in need of winterization assistance; and 86% of PRS households are reported to be in debt.

 

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10724

Displaced Palestinian refugees from Syria said they were heavily beaten with batons at the hands of Greek border guards, while trying to illegally enter Greece, seeking humanitarian asylum. Injuries were reported. 

The refugees told AGPS that they were rounded up by Greek coast guards and subjected to heavy beating. Two young men sustained serious wounds after they were violently beaten on their heads and other vulnerable body parts, causing them to faint.

The refugees were pushed back to Turkey. Most of them fled the Neirab camp for Palestinian refugees, in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, before they entered the Turkish territories.

After ten years of conflict, Palestine refugees continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups in Syria with immense humanitarian needs.

Palestinian refugees in Syria (PRS) continue to launch cries for help over their deteriorating humanitarian condition due to the sharp decrease in the exchange rate of the Syrian pound compared to the USD and their lack of access to the local labor market. The price leap has also overburdened the cash-stripped refugees. 

Over 90 per cent of Palestine refugee households in Syria live in poverty and 40 per cent remain in protracted displacement as a result of conflict and the damage and destruction of their homes.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in its 2020 Syria regional crisis emergency appeal that 126,000 Palestine refugees in Syria (PRS) are identified as extremely vulnerable; 89% live in poverty; 91% live in extreme poverty; and 80% rely on UNRWA cash assistance as their main source of income.

UNRWA also said that 55% of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents; 100% of PRS are in need of winterization assistance; and 86% of PRS households are reported to be in debt.

 

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10724