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Vaccination Campaign Launched in Yarmouk Camp

Vaccination Campaign Launched in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 16-10-2020

UNRWA’s Health Programme said the mobile clinic allotted to the residents of Yarmouk Camp has been operative and continues to provide assistance to dozens of patients, including children, elderly people, and expectant women. UNRWA said that it will provide primary health care services to more than 400 Palestinian refugee families who returned to the camp and who are in need

2 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jails since 2012

2 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jails since 2012

Published date : 15-10-2020

Palestinian brothers Waseem and Anas Mahmoud Muhahi have been secretly held in Syrian government dungeons since October 2012. Both were kidnapped from Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees south of Damascus. Their condition and whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. AGPS kept record of dozens of cases of internment and fatal torture of members of same family in Syrian government prisons

Palestinian Girls in/from Syria Challenge War-Related Trauma

Palestinian Girls in/from Syria Challenge War-Related Trauma

Published date : 14-10-2020

Ten years into the Syrian conflict, the Palestinian refugee community continues to be among the most affected groups in the war-torn country. Yet, hundreds of success stories have emerged from the heart of darkness.  On the International Day of the Girl, AGPS confirms that scores of Palestinian refugee girls in/from Syria have defied the war-inflicted trauma and left their

Palestinian Refugee Woman Killed in Istanbul

Palestinian Refugee Woman Killed in Istanbul

Published date : 13-10-2020

Palestinian woman Hiba Yousef, a former resident of Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, was found dead in the Turkish metropolitan city of Istanbul. Reporting from Turkey, an AGPS news correspondent said that Hiba was stabbed to death by her husband on October 11 in Esenyrut district, west of Istanbul, following an altercation between them. The husband slaughtered her in cold blood in

Syrian Authorities Pledge Return to Yarmouk Camp in Near Furture

Syrian Authorities Pledge Return to Yarmouk Camp in Near Furture

Published date : 11-10-2020

Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) Khaled Abdul Majid said the Syrian leadership has tasked the concerned authorities to make the necessary arrangements for the return of displaced Palestinian and Syrian families to their houses in Yarmouk Camp in the next few days. Abdul Majid told Sputnik news agency that efforts have been underway by Damascus authorities to

Syria Workshop Discusses Challenges Faced by Palestinian Refugees

Syria Workshop Discusses Challenges Faced by Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 11-10-2020

The Free Palestinian Syrian Assembly (Maseer) and a number of CSOs organized a workshop to shed light on the situation of Palestinian refugees in/from Syria and possible ways to provide them with physical and moral protection. The workshop culminated in a set of recommendations, including reactivating the Palestinian refugees’ commission; Boosting the Syrian-Palestinian ties; Pushing for humanitarian assistance to displaced

For 1st Time in Years, Buses Enter Yarmouk Camp to Transfer Students

For 1st Time in Years, Buses Enter Yarmouk Camp to Transfer Students

Published date : 08-10-2020

Buses have started entering Yarmouk Camp to give lifts to over 100 students enrolled at schools in AlMaydan and Alzahira, in Damascus. Before the eruption of the conflict in 2011, Yarmouk was home to approximately 160,000 Palestine refugees, making it the largest Palestine refugee community in Syria. Located eight kilometers from Damascus, it is one of three unofficial camps

Palestinian Refugee Alaa Farhoud Secretly Held in Syrian Prison for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Alaa Farhoud Secretly Held in Syrian Prison for 7th Year

Published date : 08-10-2020

Palestinian refugee Alaa Samir Farhood, born in 1983 in Yarmouk Camp, has been locked up in a government-run jail in Syria since November 24, 2013. Alaa was arrested in Qudsaya, in Rif Dimashq. An ex-prisoner said he had last met him in Sednaya military prison in late 2015. AGPS documented the detention of 1,797 Palestinian refugees in Syria’s state-run

Damascus Authorities: Return of Displaced Families to Palestinian Refugee Camp of Yarmouk Subject to 3 Conditions

Damascus Authorities: Return of Displaced Families to Palestinian Refugee Camp of Yarmouk Subject to 3 Conditions

Published date : 06-10-2020

The residents of Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees have been told that they can now return to their homes, so long as they meet a number of conditions. Damascus Governorate has set three conditions for the return of the residents of Yarmouk camp to their homes, member of the executive office of Damascus Governorate Samir Jazaerli told pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan

UNRWA’s Mobile Clinic for Yarmouk Camp Operative

UNRWA’s Mobile Clinic for Yarmouk Camp Operative

Published date : 06-10-2020

UNRWA’s Health Programme said the mobile clinic allotted to the residents of Yarmouk Camp started operating on September 23 at AlJarmak School and provided assistance to 65 patients, including children, elderly people, and expectant women. UNRWA said that it will provide primary health care services to more than 400 Palestinian refugee families who returned to the camp and who are

Palestinian Refugee Husam Ali AlRefai Secretly Held in Syrian Prison for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Husam Ali AlRefai Secretly Held in Syrian Prison for 7th Year

Published date : 06-10-2020

Palestinian refugee Husam Ali AlRefai, born in 1988 and formerly sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, has been incarcerated in Syrian state prisons for seven consecutive years. Husam was kidnapped by government troops deployed at a Damascus checkpoint on May 15, 2013. The reasons for his abduction remain mysterious. AGPS documented the secret detention of 1,797 Palestinian refugees, including 110 women

Palestinian Refugee Child Left without Treatment in Turkey

Palestinian Refugee Child Left without Treatment in Turkey

Published date : 04-10-2020

Palestinian refugee Ayman Daouah, displaced from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, has appealed for urgent humanitarian action, saying his son’s health condition has sharply deteriorated as has been denied admission into Turkish hospitals. Ayman said hospitals refused to let his child in on account that the family does not hold the kimlik temporary protection card. The refugee added that

Damascus Governor to Visit Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Damascus Governor to Visit Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 04-10-2020

Damascus Governor Mohamed AlAlebi is slated to pay a visit to Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees in the next few days, pro-government sources in Syria reported. According to the same sources, the visit comes in line with the final arrangements to make way for the return of displaced families to their habitable houses after obtaining permits to that end. Sometime

Over 40 Coronavirus Cases Reported at Syria Schools

Over 40 Coronavirus Cases Reported at Syria Schools

Published date : 04-10-2020

The Syrian Education Ministry said it has kept record of 41 coronavirus cases among students and teaching and administrative staff at schools nationwide. This school year, 49,000 Palestine refugee girls and boys have gone back to 103 schools run by the UNRWA in Syria, with measures being taken by teaching staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and

Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Urgent Treatment in Turkey

Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Urgent Treatment in Turkey

Published date : 03-10-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Moadh Khalil Abu AlAlaa, previously sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, has appealed to the international humanitarian organizations, the Turkish authorities, and the Palestine Embassy to help him secure urgently-needed treatment fees and obtain a kimlik card to enter Turkish hospitals. Last month, Moadh was allowed to board a Turkey-bound plane from Sri Lanka, after he had all

Families Sign Up for Return to Yarmouk Camp

Families Sign Up for Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 03-10-2020

Dozens of Palestinian families presented their ownership documents at a government checkpoint near the main entrance to Street 30 in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, so as to get permits to return to the area and retrieve their houses and property. Once documents are submitted, a security officer accompanies the resident to his/her house to check whether the building is habitable

Medical Error Causes Palestinian Refugee Woman to Go Hemiplegic in Turkey

Medical Error Causes Palestinian Refugee Woman to Go Hemiplegic in Turkey

Published date : 02-10-2020

Palestinian refugee Mahmoud Bastouni, displaced from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, said his wife suffered hemiplegia and coagulation due to medical errors in Istanbul. Mahmoud said that in 2018, his 23-year-old wife was erroneously diagnosed by a doctor at a hospital in Istanbul, which caused her three strokes and heart attacks. The wife has gone hemiplegic and suffered acute aortic valve regurgitation

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Stranded at Istanbul Airport, Threatened with Refoulement

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Stranded at Istanbul Airport, Threatened with Refoulement

Published date : 30-09-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Samir Hasan Mohamed Aboud, born in 1970 and raised in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, has been detained at the new Istanbul International Airport after he attempted to enter Turkey, fleeing economic hardship and persecution in Lebanon. Samir holds a Palestinian-Authority-stamped passport. His mother has appealed to the Turkish authorities, Palestinian embassy in Istanbul, and international human rights

Over 50 Families Present Ownership Proofs to Return to Palestinian Refugee Camp of Yarmouk

Over 50 Families Present Ownership Proofs to Return to Palestinian Refugee Camp of Yarmouk

Published date : 30-09-2020

Some 50 Palestinian families presented their ownership documents at a government checkpoint near the main entrance to Street 30 in Yarmouk Camp so as to get permits to return to the camp and retrieve their houses and property. Entry permits are reportedly issued 30 days after the documents are received by the Syrian security forces.  Palestinian families continue to

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Forcibly Disappeared Son in Syria

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Forcibly Disappeared Son in Syria

Published date : 29-09-2020

The family of Palestinian refugee Mohamed Hamdan, born in 1996, continues to appeal for information over the condition and whereabouts of their son who was detained by the Syrian security forces in August 2013 at a checkpoint pitched near the main entrance to Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus. The family said they have no idea whether their son is still alive

Activists Warn Yarmouk Residents against Attempts to Turn Their Property into Bargaining Chips

Activists Warn Yarmouk Residents against Attempts to Turn Their Property into Bargaining Chips

Published date : 28-09-2020

Activists have called on the residents of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to stand on guard to all attempts to force them to forfeit their houses and property at low prices. The activists have warned against attempts by crooked real estate brokers to pressurize civilians to sell their homes and properties following the widely-condemned reconstruction plan proposed by Damascus Governorate. Real

2 Palestinian Girls Achieve Outstanding Academic Results in Syria

2 Palestinian Girls Achieve Outstanding Academic Results in Syria

Published date : 26-09-2020

Palestinian girls Jana Ali Yousef, from Harasta, and Israa Mohamed AlRefai, from Yarmouk Camp, were honored by the Syrian Presidency after they got full marks (3100/3100) as part of their 9th grade exams. Dozens of displaced Palestinian refugees have achieved success stories, despite of the traumatic upshots wrought by daily scenes of bloodshed and destruction across the embattled Syrian territories

Palestinian Brothers Omar and Muntassar Ghunayem Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 8th Year

Palestinian Brothers Omar and Muntassar Ghunayem Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 8th Year

Published date : 26-09-2020

Palestinian brothers Omar and Muntassar Ahmed Ghunayem, residents of Yarmouk camp, have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian government prisons since 2013. Omar, born in 1995, was arrested at a government checkpoint at the main entrance to Yarmouk. Montassar, born in 1990, was arrested at a Dummar checkpoint, in Damascus. Their condition and whereabouts could not be identified. AGPS documented

On Int’l Peace Day…Palestinians of Syria Continue to Struggle for Survival

On Int’l Peace Day…Palestinians of Syria Continue to Struggle for Survival

Published date : 25-09-2020

As the International Day of Peace has been celebrated across the globe, Palestinian refugees continue to struggle with the trauma inflicted by the ten-year warfare in Syria.  Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace

Yarmouk’s Displaced Families Level Heavy Criticism at Damascus Governorate

Yarmouk’s Displaced Families Level Heavy Criticism at Damascus Governorate

Published date : 25-09-2020

Damascus Governorate continues to drag its feet over civilians’ calls to return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp and retrieve their property. Displaced families slammed the Syrian authorities in Damascus for turning their back on their appeals to return to the camp and reconstruct destroyed facilities.   Unofficial statistics indicate that some 200 families have remained in Yarmouk Camp. Scores

Yarmouk Camp Students Transferred to Their Schools

Yarmouk Camp Students Transferred to Their Schools

Published date : 24-09-2020

The General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR) in Damascus said measures have been taken to safely transfer students from Yarmouk Camp to their schools outside the camp. Available data by UNRWA indicates that 32 UNRWA facilities have been reduced to rubble in Yarmouk Camp, including 16 schools. Several UNRWA facilities were destroyed in the Syrian warfare and others have

Mobile Clinic Established in Yarmouk Camp

Mobile Clinic Established in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 23-09-2020

Sources close the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR) said a mobile clinic will be dispatched by UNRWA to Yarmouk Camp to provide medical assistance to the residents. Patients will be treated at the clinic on Wednesday every week at AlMansoura School. Recently, AGPS has appealed to the Palestinian and international NGOs to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to

15 PLA Fighters Pronounced Dead following Break-Away from Pro-Gov’t Forces in Syria

15 PLA Fighters Pronounced Dead following Break-Away from Pro-Gov’t Forces in Syria

Published date : 22-09-2020

15 members of the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) were pronounced dead after they broke away from the battalion. Several others were tortured to death in Syrian government jails. The list includes Lieutenant Iyas Naimi, who died under shelling in Yarmouk Camp on July 30, 2013. Seven others died under torture: Handball coach Osama AlKhadra, Sergeant Muhammad Hamdan, Commander Mohammed Farah

Displaced Palestinian Families in Yarmouk Camp Grappling with Dire Conditions

Displaced Palestinian Families in Yarmouk Camp Grappling with Dire Conditions

Published date : 19-09-2020

Nearly 200 families taking shelter in Yarmouk Camp have been grappling with squalid humanitarian conditions. Human rights activists have appealed to the Palestinian and international NGOs to provide humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian families who remained in Yarmouk refugee camp. The activists stressed the need to secure bread, drinking water, and vital food items to the residents, in light of

UNRWA Delegation Shows Up in Yarmouk Camp

UNRWA Delegation Shows Up in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 16-09-2020

A UNRWA delegation toured Yarmouk camp in order to inspect damaged schools and facilities in the area. As the new academic year has stepped in, Palestinian refugee schoolchildren and students continue to struggle with the devastating impact of the ten-year warfare across the Syrian territories. Available data by UNRWA indicates that 32 UNRWA facilities have been reduced to rubble in

49,000 Palestinian Students Return to UNRWA Schools in Syria

49,000 Palestinian Students Return to UNRWA Schools in Syria

Published date : 15-09-2020

This school year, 49,000 Palestine refugee girls and boys have gone back to 103 schools run by the UNRWA in Syria, with measures being taken by teaching staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and teaching staff have been wearing face masks, using disinfectants, and keeping to social distancing as part of safety measures recommended by the Agency

Palestinian Girl Maryem Jaber Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Girl Maryem Jaber Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 14-09-2020

Palestinian child Myriam Maher Jaber, born in 2011, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government prisons for the sixth consecutive year. The child was arrested on January 05, 2014 in Ali AlWahsh Street, in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, as she attempted to flee the blockaded Yarmouk Camp with her family. AGPS has documented the secret internment of

Property-Theft Reported in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Property-Theft Reported in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 13-09-2020

Activists have warned that civilian property has been subjected to theft and homes to burglary in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Civilians have caught sight of flocks of vehicles laden with belongings stolen from abandoned buildings in the camp. Over recent years, pro-government militias have been raking through evacuated homes in Yarmouk and holding sway over furniture, copper

UNRWA to Distribute School Furniture to Palestinian Refugees in Syria

UNRWA to Distribute School Furniture to Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Published date : 13-09-2020

UNRWA pledged to distribute school furniture to all registered Palestine schoolchildren and students in Syria. As the new academic year has stepped in, Palestinian refugee schoolchildren and students continue to struggle with the devastating impact of the ten-year warfare across the Syrian territories. Available data by UNRWA indicates that 32 UNRWA facilities have been reduced to rubble in Yarmouk Camp

Following Mountainous Journey…Stranded Palestinian Refugee Allowed Out of Sri Lanka

Following Mountainous Journey…Stranded Palestinian Refugee Allowed Out of Sri Lanka

Published date : 12-09-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Moadh Khalil Abu AlAlaa, previously sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, has been allowed to board a Turkey-bound plane from Sri Lanka, after he had all of his fines paid and legal situation worked out. Over recent months, Moadh kept appealing to the international humanitarian and human rights organizations to lend him a hand and help him with

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Gheibtawi Held in Syrian Jails for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Gheibtawi Held in Syrian Jails for 6th Year

Published date : 11-09-2020

Palestinian young man Mohamed Erfi Ghebtawi, born in 1983, has been forcibly disappeared in Syrian government prisons for the 6th consecutive year. Mohamed was arrested on January 5, 2014 in Ali AlWahsh Street, in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, on his way out of Yarmouk Camp.  AGPS has kept record of the secret incarceration of 1,797 Palestinian refugees

16 Schools in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees Destroyed in Syria

16 Schools in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees Destroyed in Syria

Published date : 10-09-2020

As the new academic year has stepped in, Palestinian refugee schoolchildren and students continue to struggle with the devastating impact of the ten-year warfare. Available data by UNRWA indicates that 32 UNRWA facilities have been reduced to rubble in Yarmouk Camp alone, including 16 schools, in the Syrian conflict. Several other UNRWA facilities were destroyed in the Syrian warfare and

Palestinian Refugee Mahmoud Tamim Secretly Detained in Syria since 2013

Palestinian Refugee Mahmoud Tamim Secretly Detained in Syria since 2013

Published date : 10-09-2020

Palestinian refugee Mahmoud Mohamed Tamim, aged 58, has been locked up in Syrian government dungeons for seven years running. The refugee, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, was kidnapped by Syrian security forces on August 3, 2013 and was transferred to an unknown destination. His condition and whereabouts remain shrouded in mystery. AGPS has kept record of the secret incarceration of

Palestinian Family Secretly Held in Syrian Prisons for 7th Year

Palestinian Family Secretly Held in Syrian Prisons for 7th Year

Published date : 09-09-2020

Alarm bells have been sounded over the mysterious fate of several Palestinian families who have been held captive in Syrian dungeons. The list of missing families includes Mouloud Khaled AlAbdullah’s family, kidnapped on July 27, 2013 at a government-run checkpoint in Nisreen Street, in AlTadhamun neighborhood, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp. The family’s 73-year-old father, Mawloud Khalid AlAbdullah, has been diagnosed

Memorandum Handed over to UN to Protest Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan

Memorandum Handed over to UN to Protest Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan

Published date : 08-09-2020

28 Palestinian and Syrian NGOs and CSOs sent a memorandum of objection to the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen of Norway, to warn of the impact of the new master plan issued by Damascus Governorate to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. The memorandum said the new plan strips the residents of their

Damascus Governorate Discusses Yarmouk New Reconstruction Plan

Damascus Governorate Discusses Yarmouk New Reconstruction Plan

Published date : 08-09-2020

A meeting was held on September 6 between Damascus Governor and the technical committee in charge of assessing the new reconstruction plan of Yarmouk camp. The committee was formed following consultations between the Governorate and the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR). Another meeting is slated to take place sometime soon to take final decisions in this regard. A

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Subjected to Enforced Disappearance for 8th Year

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Subjected to Enforced Disappearance for 8th Year

Published date : 08-09-2020

Palestinian refugee Omar Ya’kob Hijazi, born in 1975, has been secretly held in Syrian government detention centers for six years running. Hijazi, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, was arrested by the government forces on the Syrian-Lebanese borders on May 1, 2014. His fate remains unknown. AGPS has been deeply concerned about the upsurge in the number of Palestinian victims of

Families Displaced from Yarmouk Camp Forced Out of Southern Damascus Shelter

Families Displaced from Yarmouk Camp Forced Out of Southern Damascus Shelter

Published date : 06-09-2020

A number of families displaced from Yarmouk Camp have been forced out of shelters in Yalda town, south of Damascus, by Syrian security forces who threw their furniture and personal belongings on the streets.  Syrian security forces and police officers in Yalda and Babila towns evacuated schools where dozens of displaced families have been taking shelter. Sawt AlAsima website

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Barghouth Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jails

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Barghouth Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jails

Published date : 06-09-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Mohamed Omar Barghouth, aged 22, has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons since September 18, 2012.  Mohamed, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, was arrested by Syrian security forces at a government checkpoint in Babila. Over 1,790 Palestinian refugees have been secretly held in Syrian government dungeons since the outburst of deadly

Displaced Residents of Palestinian Refugee Camp of Yarmouk Appeal for Urgent Action

Displaced Residents of Palestinian Refugee Camp of Yarmouk Appeal for Urgent Action

Published date : 04-09-2020

A number of human rights activists have called for allowing displaced families to safely return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp. The calls were launched just a few days after Damascus Governorate issued a decision to suspend Yarmouk’s reconstruction plan. Palestinian families continue to call on the concerned authorities to allow them a safe return to their homes in Yarmouk

Debris Cleared in AlHajar AlAswad

Debris Cleared in AlHajar AlAswad

Published date : 03-09-2020

Debris-clearance works have been ongoing in AlThwrah and Tishreen neighborhoods, in AlHajar AlAswad area, south of Damascus. Thousands of Palestinian refugees took shelter in AlHajar AlAswad, which came under heavy shelling since 2013 and a crippling siege after ISIS crept into the area. Offensives launched by the Syrian and Russian forces resulted in heavy material damage and took away the

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Appointed as Member of Swedish Municipality

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Appointed as Member of Swedish Municipality

Published date : 02-09-2020

The Left Party of Sweden has designated Palestinian refugee from Syria Mohamed Tareq Jalbout as member of the Finspang municipality council, south of Sweden. Mohamed, born in 1994, fled Yarmouk camp to Sweden in 2014 Dozens of displaced Palestinian refugees have achieved success stories in Europe, challenging the traumatic upshots wrought by daily scenes of bloodshed and destruction across the

333 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

333 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 01-09-2020

333 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women and girls, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare, AGPS has found out. Most of those who have disappeared in the country are residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. Activists have accused pro-government militias of targeting Palestinians in arbitrary abduction sweeps carried out under the security guise

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Joins Swedish Football Club

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Joins Swedish Football Club

Published date : 31-08-2020

The Swedish football team Östersunds FK has recruited a Palestinian refugee from Syria—Ahmed Yousef Awadh, from Khan Eshieh camp for Palestinian refugees, in Rif Dimashq province. Ahmed was born on June 1, 1992 and joined the Swedish football club Idrottsklubben Brage, before he moved to Dalkurd FF in 2011 and IFK Varnamo in 2013. In 2015, he scored 15

Palestinian Refugee Abdul Salem Amer Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Abdul Salem Amer Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 6th Year

Published date : 29-08-2020

Palestinian refugee Abdul Salem Husni Amer, aged 45, has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons since January 5, 2014. He was arrested on his way out of Yarmouk camp, on way to the nearby Hjeira town. His condition and whereabouts could not be identified. 1,797 Palestinian refugees have fallen prey to enforced disappearance in prisons across the embattled

Palestinian Refugee Arrested by Syrian Security Forces

Palestinian Refugee Arrested by Syrian Security Forces

Published date : 28-08-2020

Syrian security forces arrested a Palestinian refugee on August 26, on his way back from his workplace. The 28-year-old refugee, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, suffers health disorders. The reasons for his abduction along with his whereabouts could not be identified. AGPS has kept his name secret over security concerns.  

Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan Withdrawn

Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan Withdrawn

Published date : 27-08-2020

Human rights activists told AGPS that the new master plan issued by Damascus Governorate by the end of June 2020 to reconstruct Yarmouk camp has been canceled. At the same time, activists have warned that civilian property has been subjected to ongoing theft and homes to burglary in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Over recent years, pro-government militias

Palestinian Doctor Nizar Kassab Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Doctor Nizar Kassab Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 27-08-2020

Palestinian refugee Nizar Jawdat Kassab has been secretly jailed in Syria for the ninth year running. Nizar, a genitourinary surgeon, was arrested at a government checkpoint pitched near Yarmouk’s entrance on December 16, 2012. Medical staff and structures in besieged Yarmouk Camp came under heavy shelling by the government squads. Dozens of doctors, pharmacists, and paramedics have been pronounced dead

Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan Canceled by Syrian Authorities

Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan Canceled by Syrian Authorities

Published date : 25-08-2020

Conflicting reports have emerged about the adaptation of the new plan issued by Damascus Governorate on June 29, 2020 to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. Palestinian lawyer Nour AlDeen Salman, who strongly condemned the plan, said two decisions issued last week ruled for canceling the new reconstruction plan and adopting the old plan approved in 2004. Director-General of the

Palestinian Refugee Student Assists Displaced Family in Jordan

Palestinian Refugee Student Assists Displaced Family in Jordan

Published date : 23-08-2020

A Palestinian refugee student has provided a displaced family from Syria in Jordan with a much-needed sum of money to pay rental fees. The cash-stripped family has been on the verge of homelessness in Jordan. Farah, a student at the Faculty of Medicine, paid a visit to the family in Amman and gave them part of her stash which she

Family of Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Girl in Syria Appeals for Urgent Humanitarian Action

Family of Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Girl in Syria Appeals for Urgent Humanitarian Action

Published date : 22-08-2020

A Palestinian family from Syria has appealed to the Greek authorities, the International Red Cross, and the humanitarian organizations to help them secure treatment fees for their six-year-old daughter, who is diagnosed with bone cancer. The family members were displaced from Yarmouk camp to Athens, where their daughter’s health condition has taken a turn for the worse. The girl needs

2 Palestinian Brothers Secretly Held in Syrian Gov’t Prisons since 2012

2 Palestinian Brothers Secretly Held in Syrian Gov’t Prisons since 2012

Published date : 21-08-2020

Palestinian brothers Waseem and Anas Mahmoud Muhahi have been held in Syrian government dungeons since October 2012. Both were kidnapped from Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees south of Damascus. Their condition and whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. AGPS kept record of dozens of cases of internment and fatal torture of members of same family in Syrian government prisons. AGPS

Displaced Palestinians Warn of Property-Theft South of Damascus

Displaced Palestinians Warn of Property-Theft South of Damascus

Published date : 20-08-2020

Reports of burglary continue to emerge in AlHajar AlAswad neighborhood, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, where hundreds of Palestinian refugees have been taking shelter. Palestinian families displaced from the area continue to call on the concerned authorities to allow them a safe return to their homes and to press ahead with reconstruction projects. Over recent years, pro-government militias

Palestinian Brothers Mohamed and Mootaz Badawi Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for over 3 Years

Palestinian Brothers Mohamed and Mootaz Badawi Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for over 3 Years

Published date : 20-08-2020

Palestinian brothers Mohamed Ali Badawi and Mootaz Ali Badawi have been held in Syria government jails for over six years. Both were arrested in AlHajar AlAswad area, near Yarmouk Camp. Their family continues to appeal for information. Over 1,790 Palestinian refugees have been secretly held in Syrian government dungeons since the outburst of deadly hostilities. AGPS also documented the

Property-Theft Assaults Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp

Property-Theft Assaults Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 19-08-2020

Activists have warned that civilian property has been subjected to theft and homes to burglary in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Activists have caught sight of flocks of vehicles laden with belongings stolen from abandoned buildings in the camp. Over recent years, pro-government militias have been raking through evacuated homes in Yarmouk and holding sway over furniture, copper

Stranded Palestinian Refugee in Sri Lanka Appeals for Urgent Humanitarian Action

Stranded Palestinian Refugee in Sri Lanka Appeals for Urgent Humanitarian Action

Published date : 17-08-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Moadh Khalil Abu AlAlaa, previously sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, has appealed to the international humanitarian and human rights organizations to lend him a hand and help him with treatment fees. Moadh, who is stranded in Sri Lanka, also appealed to the international institutions to work on securing his safe access to another European country to undergo

Displaced Palestinian Families in Yalda Town Rail Against Power Crisis

Displaced Palestinian Families in Yalda Town Rail Against Power Crisis

Published date : 17-08-2020

Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk Camp to Yalda town, in Rif Dimashq, denounced the frequent power blackouts in the area. A Palestinian refugee said power has operated only for one hour over the past five days, adding that the situation is made worse by the water crisis. Civilians are forced to buy water from privately-owned tanks at extremely steep prices

Palestinian Refugee in Germany Allegedly Involved in Syria War Crimes

Palestinian Refugee in Germany Allegedly Involved in Syria War Crimes

Published date : 15-08-2020

A new report published by Zaman AlWasl daily has revealed the involvement of Palestinian refugee Mahmoud Arnaout, born in 1974, in war crimes against Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk Camp, where he had previously been taking shelter. The son of a so-called Fakhri and Layla Hamarna, Mahmoud is currently living in Womrs city, in the German province of Rheinland-Pfalz, to which

90% of Palestinian Students in Syria Pass High School Exams

90% of Palestinian Students in Syria Pass High School Exams

Published date : 15-08-2020

Education chief in Yarmouk Camp, Walid AlKurdi, said 90.5% of Palestinian high school students obtained their 9thgrade diplomas in 2020. 87 students received a score of 3000/3100. At the same time, 11 UNRWA schools recorded a success rate of 100%. A number of Palestinian students garnered excellent marks at high school exams (main session) for the scientific and literary

Palestinian Refugee Released in Prisoner Swap

Palestinian Refugee Released in Prisoner Swap

Published date : 12-08-2020

A Palestinian woman along with five other women and a girl were released from Syria’s state-run prisons following a prisoner swap deal struck between the Syrian government and Tahrir AlSham battalion in northern Syria. The swap was struck in return for the release of a government officer and two affiliates. AGPS has learned that Palestinian refugee Yasmine Jawdat Yousef (the

Handful of Displaced Families Return to Yarmouk Camp

Handful of Displaced Families Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 12-08-2020

A number of Palestinian families returned to Yarmouk Camp after permits were issued by Syrian security forces to that end. Palestinian families continue to call on the concerned authorities to allow them a safe return to their homes in Yarmouk and to press ahead with reconstruction projects. A number of activists have also warned of ongoing attempts to alter the

252 Residents of Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp Held in Syrian Prisons

252 Residents of Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp Held in Syrian Prisons

Published date : 11-08-2020

AGPS has documented the secret detention of 252 Palestinian residents of Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus in Syria’s state-run penal complexes. The list includes 25 women. 125 of Yarmouk detainees were arrested in the camp while nine refugees were arrested in the nearby AlTadhamun neighborhood. Seven residents were arrested in AlZahira, seven in Yalda, four in AlASayeda Zeinab, and four

New Coronavirus Victims, Infections Reported South of Damascus

New Coronavirus Victims, Infections Reported South of Damascus

Published date : 10-08-2020

Coronavirus cases have been increasingly reported south of Damascus, where hundreds of Palestinian families have been sheltered. Local sources told AGPS that a number of infected persons succumbed to the lethal virus in Yarmouk and AlSabina refugee camps. An estimated 1,500 cases have been reported in the area. The Syrian authorities shut down the popular market, swimming pools, and

Parents Gather at UNRWA School in Yarmouk Camp

Parents Gather at UNRWA School in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 10-08-2020

Parents of Palestinian refugee students enrolled at AlTabegha School, run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), met on Sunday with education officials at the school. The meeting was convened at the invitation of the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR) to discuss the situation of Palestinian students at AlTabegha School

3 Palestinian Families on Verge of Homelessness in Greece

3 Palestinian Families on Verge of Homelessness in Greece

Published date : 10-08-2020

Three Palestinian families from Syria are about to go homeless in Athens after authorities ordered them to evacuate their European-funded rooms. The families comprise 19 members, including a six-year-old girl diagnosed with bone cancer. They fled Yarmouk and AlAyedeen refugee camps in Syria to seek safer shelter. Palestinian refugees from Syria continue to risk their lives onboard the “death boats”

Palestinian Refugee Students Achieve Excellent Academic Results in Syria

Palestinian Refugee Students Achieve Excellent Academic Results in Syria

Published date : 09-08-2020

A number of Palestinian students garnered excellent marks at high school exams (main session) for the scientific and literary branches across the Syrian territories. The results were released by the Syrian Ministry of Education on August 8, 2020. Palestinian girl Israa Mohamed AlRefa’i, raised in Yarmouk displacement camp, in Damascus, has received the highest score (3100/3100) as part of 9th

Palestinian Refugee Student Earns Highest Score at High School

Palestinian Refugee Student Earns Highest Score at High School

Published date : 08-08-2020

Palestinian girl Israa Mohamed AlRefa’i, raised in Yarmouk displacement camp, in Damascus, has received the highest score (3100/3100) as part of 9th grade exams at Mahmoud Yousef Issa alternative school. Dozens of displaced Palestinian refugees have achieved success stories, despite of the traumatic upshots wrought by daily scenes of bloodshed and destruction across the embattled Syrian territories. Thousands of children

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

Published date : 08-08-2020

Three Palestinian brothers have been secretly locked up in Syrian government jails for the 8th year running. Two of them turned themselves in to the Syrian authorities after the pro-government Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)--General Command (GC) pledged to work out their situation. Samir Barnawi was arrested on September 20, 2012, after PFLP-GC turned him in to

Palestinian Refugee Omar Alalouh Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jails for 8th Year

Palestinian Refugee Omar Alalouh Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jails for 8th Year

Published date : 06-08-2020

Palestinian refugee Omar Ahmad Alalouh, from Yarmouk Camp, has been secretly held in Syria’s state-run prisons for the eight consecutive year. Omar was arrested by Syrian security forces at AlJalil School, in Yarmouk Camp, on September 28, 2012. AGPS documented the secret incarceration of 1,797 Palestinian refugees in Syrian prisons, including 110 women and girls. Hundreds of Palestinian refugees

8 Years On, Tragic Traces of AlJa’ouna Massacre Still Present in Yarmouk Camp

8 Years On, Tragic Traces of AlJa’ouna Massacre Still Present in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 03-08-2020

Eight years have passed by since AlJa’ouna massacre, perpetrated on August 2, 2012, took away the lives of over 20 Palestinians in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, among them children. Several other Palestinians were left wounded after two mortar shells slammed into the area prior to iftar (fast-breaking) time. The list of casualties includes the two children Anas Talouzi and

10,000 Objections Filed against Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan

10,000 Objections Filed against Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan

Published date : 02-08-2020

Over 10,000 objections have been filed so far against the new reconstruction plan issued by Damascus Governorate to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. Lawyers and human rights activists told AGPS that the number of objections is the largest in Syria, saying it reveals the widespread condemnation of the new plan and the family’s insistence on the implementation of

Palestinian Ambassador: Displaced Families Will Return to Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Ambassador: Displaced Families Will Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 02-08-2020

Director of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) political department in Damascus, Anwar Abdul Hadi, said in a video addressing the displaced residents of Yarmouk Camp that the camp will be reconstructed and families will be allowed to retrieve their houses and property. The statement was released during a visit to AlShuhadaaa Cemetery in Yarmouk Camp on the first day of

Palestinian Camps in Syria Deprived of Eid Festivity

Palestinian Camps in Syria Deprived of Eid Festivity

Published date : 31-07-2020

Photos circulated on social media networks show Palestinian refugee camps as being evacuated. The majority of Palestinian families have fled their houses and shelters for fear of being killed in the bloody shootouts. A Palestinian refugee from Yarmouk Camp said the majority of families have abandoned their houses in the camp, dubbing the area “a ghost city”. The situation has

Syrian Regime Prevents Civilians from Visiting Yarmouk Camp Cemetery

Syrian Regime Prevents Civilians from Visiting Yarmouk Camp Cemetery

Published date : 31-07-2020

A number of Yarmouk residents told AGPS that Syrian security forces prevented them from reaching the old cemetery in the camp to visit their relatives’ tombs during Eid AlAdha. Syrian security forces deployed at a checkpoint pitched near the main entrance to the camp reportedly cracked down on civilians attempting to reach the cemetery. Civilians also said Russian forces have

Palestinians from Syria in Denmark Facing Ambivalent Fate

Palestinians from Syria in Denmark Facing Ambivalent Fate

Published date : 29-07-2020

Some 2,200 Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) who have reached Denmark from 2012 to 2020 have been facing a precarious condition in the Nordic country. 90% of PRS in the country are refugees who fled Yarmouk Camp. 10% are from other Palestinian camps and communities across the war-torn country.  Some 1,717 PRS have reportedly been granted temporary

1,458 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Killed in Syrian Warfare

1,458 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Killed in Syrian Warfare

Published date : 29-07-2020

1,458 Palestinians sheltered in Yarmouk camp were killed in the raging Syrian warfare, 496 among whom died in unabated shelling on the camp while the blockade and medical neglect took away the lives of 208 Palestinian refugees. 237 refugees were, meanwhile, fatally gunned down while 168 Palestinians were killed by sniper bullets. 215 others were tortured to death at

Calls Launched for International Drive to Cancel Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan

Calls Launched for International Drive to Cancel Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan

Published date : 28-07-2020

Palestinian activists have called on the international community and concerned legal bodies to pressurize the Syrian government to withdraw the new plan issued by Damascus Governorate to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Lawyers and human rights activists said all attempts to alter the demographic character of a region by means of displacement and forced deportation is a

AGPS Issues Report about Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan

AGPS Issues Report about Yarmouk’s New Reconstruction Plan

Published date : 27-07-2020

A recent report issued by AGPS under the title “Yarmouk Camp: What’s Behind the New Reconstruction Plan” has spotlighted the projected impact of the new master plan issued by Damascus Governorate on June 06, 2020 to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp. The report warns that the new plan violates the residents’ ownership rights and swells up over 50% of old buildings and

Activists Warn Yarmouk Residents against Attempts to Turn Their Property into Bargaining Chips

Activists Warn Yarmouk Residents against Attempts to Turn Their Property into Bargaining Chips

Published date : 27-07-2020

Activists have called on the residents of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to stand on guard to all attempts to force them to forfeit their houses and property at low prices. The activists have warned against attempts by crooked real estate brokers to pressurize civilians to sell their homes and properties following the widely-condemned reconstruction plan proposed by Damascus Governorate. Real

Palestinian Refugee Accused of Involvement in War Crimes in Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Refugee Accused of Involvement in War Crimes in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 25-07-2020

A Palestinian refugee currently living in Berlin has been accused of committing human rights violations in Yarmouk Camp. According to Zaman AlWasl newspaper, Palestinian refugee Mofeq AlDaouah, a military commander at the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC), affiliated with the Syrian regime, has been accused of involvement in rape crimes against women in Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Refugee and His 2 Sons Secretly Detained in Syrian Prisons for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee and His 2 Sons Secretly Detained in Syrian Prisons for 7th Year

Published date : 25-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Kheir Suleiman and his sons, Nayef and Ahmed, have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian penitentiaries for seven years running. The father and his two sons were kidnapped by Syria’s pro-government militias and their war-partners at Yarmouk checkpoint in January 2013. Their family continues to appeal for information. AGPS documented the secret incarceration of 1,797 Palestinians

Palestinian Official: Political Decision Needed to Save Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Official: Political Decision Needed to Save Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 23-07-2020

Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) Khaled Abdul Majid said the reconstruction plan proposed by Damascus Governorate has failed to taken into account the historical and political significance of the camp, which stands as a witness to the Palestinian refugee plight and to Palestinians’ commitment to their right of return to their motherland—Palestine. His said the Yarmouk file

Jaramana Camp for Palestinian Refugees Grappling with Abject Conditions

Jaramana Camp for Palestinian Refugees Grappling with Abject Conditions

Published date : 23-07-2020

Residents of Jaramana Camp have launched cries for help over the dire socio-economic conditions and simmering security turmoil rocking the area.  High unemployment rates, poor infrastructure, steep rental fees, and chronic water crisis have made survival difficult for the majority of families. The residents have gone traumatized by the chronic Israeli strikes targeting government military sites in and around

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed AlMarkaten Held in Syrian Dungeons Since 2013

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed AlMarkaten Held in Syrian Dungeons Since 2013

Published date : 23-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Salem Ali AlMarkaten, in his 60s, has been incarcerated in Syrian government prisons for the sixth year running. Mohamed was kidnapped by the government forces on his way out of Yarmouk Camp and was dragged to an unknown location. His fate and location has been shrouded in mystery. AGPS has documented the secret detention of 1,797

Palestinian Resistance Faction Calls for Reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Resistance Faction Calls for Reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 22-07-2020

Media chief of Hamas resistance movement abroad, Refat Merah, has stressed the need to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, and allowing civilians to return to their houses. The Palestinian leader reiterated Palestinians’ firm rejection of all attempts to alter the architectural and demographic identity of the camp and transfer the residents to another location. He further urged UNRWA to live

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Daouah Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Daouah Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 7th Year

Published date : 22-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Ahmed Awad Daouah has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons for the seventh consecutive year. Ahmed was arrested by Syrian security forces on October 07, 2013 at a checkpoint in Yarmouk Camp. AGPS has documented the secret detention of 1,797 Palestinian refugees in Syrian government prisons, among them 110 women and girls.

Palestinian Refugee Goes Missing in Syria Displacement Camp

Palestinian Refugee Goes Missing in Syria Displacement Camp

Published date : 21-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Husain Ali Kabalawi, aged 17, disappeared on Sunday from a displacement camp in war-torn Syria. The family said the condition and whereabouts of Husain, a resident of Jaramana camp for Palestinian refugees, remain unknown, raising concerns that he might have been abducted by pro-government militias. According to AGPS statistics, 332 Palestinian refugees have gone missing in the embattled

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 8th Year

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 8th Year

Published date : 21-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Omar Yakoob Hejazi, born in 1975, has been secretly locked up in Syrian government prisons for eight years running. Hejazi, a resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, was kidnapped by Syrian government troops on the Lebanese-Syrian borders. No data has yet been revealed as to his fate and location. According to AGPS data, 1,797 Palestinian refugees

Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad: Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan Jeopardizes Right of Return

Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad: Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan Jeopardizes Right of Return

Published date : 20-07-2020

The Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad (PalAbroad) has lashed out at the new plan set forth by Damascus Governorate to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp. PalAbroad said the new plan is a threat to the Palestinian refugee community’s right of return to their homeland and to the camp’s historical specificity as a living witness to the refugee plight endured by over 200

Academics Push for End to Conspiracies against Yarmouk Camp

Academics Push for End to Conspiracies against Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 19-07-2020

A group of Palestinian academics, journalists, and activists issued a joint statement condemning the new organizational plan issued by Damascus Governorate a few weeks ago to rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp. The statement said the new organizational plan makes part of a “suspicious” agenda aiming to blur the historical significance of the camp for the Palestinian refugee community. The statement added that

Palestinian Teacher Succumbs to Coronavirus in Damascus

Palestinian Teacher Succumbs to Coronavirus in Damascus

Published date : 19-07-2020

Physics professor Sa’id Salah Hadid has died of coronavirus after he was denied admission into Turkish hospitals. A relative of Sa’id said the latter went to a Turkish hospital after coronavirus symptoms figured on his body. Medics refused to let him in, saying his health condition was stable. He was pronounced dead shortly after he quarantine himself at home. Sa’id

Displaced Palestinian Refugees Struggling for Survival in Idlib’s AlJazira Camp

Displaced Palestinian Refugees Struggling for Survival in Idlib’s AlJazira Camp

Published date : 19-07-2020

Some 30 Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk Camp, AlTadhamun neighborhood, and AlGhouta, in Damascus, continue to sound distress signals over the dire humanitarian situation they have been enduring in AlJazeera Camp, in Atama, in Idlib, near the Turkish borders. The situation has been characterized by an acute dearth in financial resources, relief aid, and vital services. The residents said no

Palestinian Journalists: Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan Targets Palestinian Presence

Palestinian Journalists: Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan Targets Palestinian Presence

Published date : 18-07-2020

Palestinian researchers and journalists have sounded the alarm over the threats posed by the new organizational plan proposed by Damascus Governorate to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp. Researchers and academics have warned that the new plan seeks to blur the Palestinian identity and further displace the refugee population, adding that it blatantly violates Palestinians’ historical rights, including the right to ownership. They

PFLP Official Accuses Yarmouk Residents of Forfeiting Their Property

PFLP Official Accuses Yarmouk Residents of Forfeiting Their Property

Published date : 18-07-2020

Military and security chief of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), affiliated with the Syrian regime, has accused residents of Yarmouk Camp of forfeiting their property in the area and/or fleeing to Europe. In a soundtrack circulated on social media, PFLP-GC official Khaled Jibreel claimed that those who left their houses and property and headed for

Engineers Association: Yarmouk’s New Organization Plan Lacks Professionalism, Transparency

Engineers Association: Yarmouk’s New Organization Plan Lacks Professionalism, Transparency

Published date : 17-07-2020

The Association of Palestinian Engineers in Syria said the new organizational plan put forth by Damascus Governorate to rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, is devoid of professionalism and transparency, adding that reconstruction zones have been picked at random. In a statement, the Engineers Association said authorities should have rather worked on facilitating the return of displaced families

Students of Yarmouk Camp to Sign Up for School Transportation

Students of Yarmouk Camp to Sign Up for School Transportation

Published date : 16-07-2020

Walid AlKurdi, the education chief in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, called on families taking shelter in the area to subscribe for school transport for their children enrolled at schools located outside of the camp. Several UNRWA facilities were destroyed in the Syrian warfare and others have gone out of operation, including two clinics, a vocational training center, a youth

Palestinian Refugee Mahmoud Maw’ed Enduring Mysterious Fate in Syria Jail

Palestinian Refugee Mahmoud Maw’ed Enduring Mysterious Fate in Syria Jail

Published date : 16-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Mahmoud Maw’ed, from Yarmouk Camp, has been secretly held in Syrian state prisons for the sixth consecutive year. Mahmoud was arrested by Syrian security forces in Yarmouk Camp on February 2, 2014 following an altercation with a government officer. His condition and whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. AGPS data indicates that nearly 1,800 Palestinian refugees have

Palestinian Authority Delegate Slammed by Yarmouk Residents

Palestinian Authority Delegate Slammed by Yarmouk Residents

Published date : 14-07-2020

Palestinian activists have leveled heavy criticism at Ziad Abu Amr, the envoy of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, following his visit to AlShuhadaa Cemetery, in Yarmouk Camp. Amr was accompanied by the director of the Palestine Liberation Organization Anwar Abdul Hadi. “Abu Amr paid a visit to dead people buried in Yarmouk but forgot to visit the living. He

Palestinian, Syrian Lawyers Ready to File Lawsuits against Damascus Governorate over Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan

Palestinian, Syrian Lawyers Ready to File Lawsuits against Damascus Governorate over Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan

Published date : 13-07-2020

Palestinian and Syrian lawyers said they are ready to filed lawsuits to defend the rights of Yarmouk Camp residents following the “unfair” organizational chart set forth by Damascus Governorate to rehabilitate the camp. A lawyer said on Facebook that the move makes part of underway efforts to pressurize the Damascus Governorate to refrain from implementing the new plan. The lawyer

Displaced Palestinian Families in Jdeidat AlFadl Facing Squalid Conditions

Displaced Palestinian Families in Jdeidat AlFadl Facing Squalid Conditions

Published date : 13-07-2020

Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk to Jdeidat AlFadl town, in AlQuneitra province, have appealed to the Palestinian authority, political factions, and UNRWA to provide them with urgent cash and medical assistance. The displaced families said they have been enduring squalid humanitarian condition. Their situation has been exacerbated by the lockdown slapped by the Syrian Health Ministry as part of anti-coronavirus

UNRWA Chief in Syria Meets with Damascus Governor

UNRWA Chief in Syria Meets with Damascus Governor

Published date : 12-07-2020

Director of UNRWA operations in Syria Amanya Michael-Ebye discussed with Damascus Governor Adel AlAleibi efficient ways to boost bilateral cooperation in order to enhance the dire humanitarian situation of Palestinian refugees and ensure their access to relief assistance, particularly in light of the socio-economic hardship inflicted by the anti-coronavirus lockdown measures. This came in a Sunday meeting held at the

Property-Theft Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Property-Theft Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 12-07-2020

Reports of burglary continue to emerge in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, where hundreds of Palestinian refugees had been taking shelter. Members of pro-government groups have reportedly stolen furniture from abandoned buildings in and around Yarmouk neighborhoods. Palestinian families displaced from the area continue to call on the concerned authorities to allow them a safe return to their homes and

Palestinian Student from Syria Achieves Outstanding Results in UAE

Palestinian Student from Syria Achieves Outstanding Results in UAE

Published date : 12-07-2020

Palestinian student Mohamed Esam AlShoura, from Yarmouk Camp, has been listed among the top students in the UAE secondary schools for the academic year 2019-2020. Speaking with emaratalyoum, Mohamed hailed his family and teachers for supporting him all the way through the school years. Hundreds of displaced Palestinian refugees in/from Syria have achieved success stories, despite the traumatic upshots wrought

Palestinian Refugee Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 7th Year

Published date : 11-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Bassam AlBash, from Yarmouk camp, has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons for the seventh consecutive year. Mohamed, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, was arrested by Syrian security forces on May 07, 2013. He is the brother of activist Ahmad AlBash, who was killed in an air strike by Syrian fighter jets on Abdul Kader AlHusaini

Yarmouk Residents Denounce Blackmail by Damascus Governorate

Yarmouk Residents Denounce Blackmail by Damascus Governorate

Published date : 10-07-2020

Activists from Yarmouk camp have slammed the Damascus Governorate for blackmailing the residents who have voiced strong opposition to the new organizational plan put forth by the Governorate. Social media networks said local authorities have been manipulating civilians’ fears over the loss of their houses and property in the camp and stipulating that those wishing to oppose the new reconstruction

Palestinian Family on Verge of Homelessness in Jordan

Palestinian Family on Verge of Homelessness in Jordan

Published date : 10-07-2020

A Palestinian family from Syria is about to go homeless in the Jordanian capital city of Amman as it has failed to secure rental fees for months. Palestinian refugee Abu Abdul Rahman, displaced from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, said his family has been struggling for survival in Amman due to difficulties in accessing the local labor market and absence of relief

Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan Strongly Condemned

Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan Strongly Condemned

Published date : 09-07-2020

Palestinian refugees continue to voice their firm rejection of the new organizational plan put forth by Damascus Governorate to rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp. Tension has been running high in the area as thousands of refugees continue to rail against the proposed plan, amid growing fears that their homes and property will be removed from the new plan. To file a complaint

New Reconstruction Plan Does Not Provide Displaced Residents of Yarmouk Camp with Alternative Houses, Warns Official

New Reconstruction Plan Does Not Provide Displaced Residents of Yarmouk Camp with Alternative Houses, Warns Official

Published date : 08-07-2020

Residents of Yarmouk camp will not get any alternative housing as part of the new organizational plan announced by the Damascus governorate, said the director of technical studies in Damascus Governorate. Media sources quoted Muammar Dakak as saying that housing will be regulated in line with Legislative Decree No. 5 of 1982. In a meeting of Damascus City Council, Dakak

Jaramana Camp Struggling to Get Much-Needed Bread

Jaramana Camp Struggling to Get Much-Needed Bread

Published date : 08-07-2020

Residents of Jaramana camp for Palestinian refugees said they continue to line up for hours under the scorching summer beams to receive bread via the smart card. Displaced Palestinian families lashed out at the apathy of the Palestinian political factions in Syria regarding their appeals for urgent humanitarian action. Jaramana camp is 8km from Damascus on the road to Damascus

UNRWA Transfers Aid to Palestinian Refugees in Syria

UNRWA Transfers Aid to Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Published date : 08-07-2020

UNRWA distributed food and medical items to Palestinian refugees taking shelter in Jdeidat AlFadl town, in Rif Dimashq, A Palestinian refugee said concerned people registered their names at the municipality headquarters. Aid items were distributed to the refugees at AlElm AlNafe’ School following text messages sent to that end. Over recent months, Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk to Jdeidat AlFadl

Displaced Residents of Yarmouk Camp Call for Urgent Action by Palestinian President

Displaced Residents of Yarmouk Camp Call for Urgent Action by Palestinian President

Published date : 07-07-2020

Activists and civilians displaced from Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus, have appealed to the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian political factions in Syria to take serious measures in order to facilitate the return of displaced families to the camp. In their appeals, the refugees said the Palestinian Authority and all other concerned institutions should

Palestinian Refugees in Syria Displacement Camp Denounce Mistreatment by Bank Staff

Palestinian Refugees in Syria Displacement Camp Denounce Mistreatment by Bank Staff

Published date : 06-07-2020

Palestinian refugees in Jaramana camp and other areas in Damascus continue to rail against the mistreatment they have faced by Bemo Bank staff. Refugees who received transaction codes of their cash grants provided by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said they been humiliated by the bank employers who have denied them

5 Civilians Arrested by Syrian Security Forces Near Yarmouk Refugee Camp

5 Civilians Arrested by Syrian Security Forces Near Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Published date : 05-07-2020

Five civilians, including a woman, were arrested by the Syrian security forces on their way out of Yarmouk Camp following a visit they paid to their abandoned homes in the area. Activists said Syrian military patrols set up a makeshift checkpoint near AlBatikha neighborhood, near the main entrance to the camp, and subjected residents passing through the area to intensive

98 Palestinian Refugees Extra-Judicially Executed in War-Torn Syria

98 Palestinian Refugees Extra-Judicially Executed in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 05-07-2020

98 Palestinian refugees have been subjected to extra-judicial executions since the outburst of Syria’s warfare until July 5, 2020, according to AGPS data. The list includes 17 members of the Palestine Liberation Army who were killed just one month after they were kidnapped in mid-2012 on their way back home to AlNeirab Camp in Aleppo from a military site in

AGPS Urges Damascus Governor to Refrain from Implementing Yarmouk’s New Rehabilitation Plan

AGPS Urges Damascus Governor to Refrain from Implementing Yarmouk’s New Rehabilitation Plan

Published date : 04-07-2020

AGPS has called on the Syrian authorities in Damascus to re-examine the new organizational plan put forth by Damascus governorate to rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp and to rather implement the old plan which was approved in 2004. In a statement, AGPS said plans that do not take into account Palestinians’ inalienable rights make part of underway conspiracies to further displace the

Committee Assesses Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan

Committee Assesses Yarmouk’s New Organizational Plan

Published date : 04-07-2020

The General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR) tasked a new five-member committee to thoroughly re-assess the new organizational plan issued by the Damascus governorate to rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp. The committee is expected to note down legal objections to the plan and the protection concerns it raises for the Palestinian refugee community. The report is slated to be submitted to

Palestinian Refugee Goes Missing in Damascus

Palestinian Refugee Goes Missing in Damascus

Published date : 04-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Asem Mahmoud Ayedi, a resident of Yarmouk camp, disappeared from Damascus city some three days ago.  Asem is a taxi driver. His family continues to appeal for information about his condition and whereabouts. According to AGPS database, 333 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare. Most of those who

Palestinian Refugee Ahmad Khamis Held in Syrian Gov’t Jails

Palestinian Refugee Ahmad Khamis Held in Syrian Gov’t Jails

Published date : 03-07-2020

Palestinian ex-prisoner Ahmad Khamis, who was released from Israeli jails as part of an Israel-Russian swap deal and re-arrested by Syrian security forces, has been enduring an unknown fate in Syrian prisons.  Informed sources told AGPS that Khamis was arrested in June 2019 and has been subjected to exhaustive interrogation by Syrian intelligence officers at Palestine Branch 235. 

Palestinian Refugee Mahmoud Tamim Secretly Detained in Syria since 2013

Palestinian Refugee Mahmoud Tamim Secretly Detained in Syria since 2013

Published date : 02-07-2020

Palestinian refugee Mahmoud Mohamed Tamim, aged 58, has been locked up in Syrian government dungeons for seven years running. The refugee, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, was kidnapped by Syrian security forces on August 3, 2013 and was transferred to an unknown destination. His condition and whereabouts remains shrouded in mystery. AGPS has kept record of the secret incarceration of

Another Palestinian Refugee Identified in Leaked Photos of Torture Victims in Syria

Another Palestinian Refugee Identified in Leaked Photos of Torture Victims in Syria

Published date : 01-07-2020

Palestinian mother Fatma Aboud has mourned the death of her son Abdullah Mohamed Kheir AlSaad whom she identified in a series of photos leaked by the so-called Caesar breakaway The victim, a former Arabic-language student at the Faculty of Arts and a resident of Yarmouk Camp, died under torture behind Syria’s prison bars. He was arrested from Damascus University in

UNRWA Chief Urges Int’l Community to Stand By Palestine Refugees

UNRWA Chief Urges Int’l Community to Stand By Palestine Refugees

Published date : 01-07-2020

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini called on the international community to tune up support for Palestine refugees and help increase the Agency’s funds. In a statement delivered on Occasion of the Brussels IV Conference on Syria: Supporting the future of Syria and the region, 30 June 2020, Lazzarini said that nearly 10 years into the conflict in Syria, some 440,000

Palestinian Refugees in Jdeidat AlFadhl Sound Distress Signals

Palestinian Refugees in Jdeidat AlFadhl Sound Distress Signals

Published date : 30-06-2020

Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk to Jdeidat AlFadl town, in AlQuneitra province, have appealed to the Palestinian authority, political factions, and UNRWA to provide them with urgent cash and medical assistance. The displaced families said they have been enduring squalid humanitarian condition. Their situation has been exacerbated by the lockdown slapped by the Syrian Health Ministry as part of anti-coronavirus

Displaced Residents of Yarmouk Camp Call for Urgent, Safe Return

Displaced Residents of Yarmouk Camp Call for Urgent, Safe Return

Published date : 29-06-2020

Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk camp have urged local authorities to allow them to safely return to their homes and retrieve their property. Activists said concerned authorities have been dragging their feet regarding civilians’ calls for return, despite the presidential decision green-lighting the safe return of Yarmouk residents to their abandoned homes. They warned of ongoing attempts to alter the

Palestinian Family Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jails for Years

Palestinian Family Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jails for Years

Published date : 29-06-2020

Alarm bells have been sounded over the mysterious fate of several Palestinian families who have been held captive in Syrian dungeons. The list of missing families includes Mouloud Khaled AlAbdullah’s family, kidnapped on July 27, 2013 at a government-run checkpoint in Nisreen Street, in AlTadhamun neighborhood, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp. The family’s 73-year-old father, Mawloud Khalid AlAbdullah, has been diagnosed

11 Palestinian Captives Released after 3 Years in Libya

11 Palestinian Captives Released after 3 Years in Libya

Published date : 28-06-2020

The Libyan authorities in the country’s eastern city of Benghazi have released 11 Palestinian refugees, among them five residents of Yarmouk Camp, after a three-year detention in a military prison.  An AGPS reporter in Libya said the released refugees are: Ali Abdul Wahab Mohamed Khalil, Husain Mohamed Husain Atour, Mohamed Salim Suleiman Barham, Yaser Salim Suleiman Barham, Ahmad Redwan

Coalition of Palestinian Forces Reject Yarmouk Camp New Rehabilitation Plan

Coalition of Palestinian Forces Reject Yarmouk Camp New Rehabilitation Plan

Published date : 26-06-2020

The Follow-Up Committee of the Damascus-based Alliance of Palestinian Forces expressed its firm rejection of a recent plan put forth by the Damascus Governorate to rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. During a Friday meeting, the committee warned that the plan entails negative consequences on Palestinian refugees and their right of return to their homeland, Palestine. The groups called for

Damascus Governorate: Yarmouk Rehabilitation Plan to Be Announced in One Month

Damascus Governorate: Yarmouk Rehabilitation Plan to Be Announced in One Month

Published date : 25-06-2020

The Damascus City Council said the reconstruction plan for Yarmouk Camp will be released in a month’s time after complaints were filed by local residents. The council said a three-phase reconstruction plan is under examination. The plan will take into account the degree of damage inflicted on houses and infrastructure.  40% of Yarmouk residents are slated to return to

Palestinian Doctor Alaa AlDeen Yousef Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 8th Year

Palestinian Doctor Alaa AlDeen Yousef Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 8th Year

Published date : 25-06-2020

Palestinian medic Alaa AlDeen Youssef has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian penitentiaries, where he has been kept for the eighth consecutive year. Neurosurgeon Youssef has been forcibly disappeared since December 25, 2012. He was kidnapped from a checkpoint pitched near the main entrance to Yarmouk Camp. Medical staff and structures in war-torn Syria came under heavy shelling by

Torrential Rain in Istanbul Claims Life of Palestinian Refugee

Torrential Rain in Istanbul Claims Life of Palestinian Refugee

Published date : 23-06-2020

Palestinian refugee Ahmad Mohamed Shaabaan, born on October 7, 1981, was pronounced dead as a result of the rainstorm that hit Istanbul city on Tuesday, June 23. Ahmad, who fled Yarmouk Camp to Turkey, drowned in the rain deluges that swamped his home in Esenyurt, west of Istanbul. Activists said the refugee suffered serious health disorders, including hepatitis and foot

AGPS: 258 Residents of Syria’s Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp Killed Prior to Infiltration of Opposition Groups

AGPS: 258 Residents of Syria’s Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp Killed Prior to Infiltration of Opposition Groups

Published date : 22-06-2020

In its latest book entitled “Yarmouk Camp: A Fourfold Tragedy”, AGPS recorded the death of 258 Palestinian refugees taking shelter in the camp in the period from March 15, 2011 to December 12, 2012, a few months before armed opposition groups forced their way into the camp. The list of victims includes 77 Palestinian refugees who were fatally gunned down

Palestinian Mother Says Son on Verge of Death, Appeals for Urgent Treatment

Palestinian Mother Says Son on Verge of Death, Appeals for Urgent Treatment

Published date : 21-06-2020

The mother of eight-year-old Palestinian child Hasan Ahmad AlMaghrebi, displaced from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp to the southern Lebanese region of Ein AlHilweh, has appealed to the international humanitarian institutions to take urgent action regarding her son’s alarming health condition. Hasan was diagnosed with stomach cancer more than a couple of years ago. The mother called the international Red Cross and

Charity Pledges to Pay Treatment Fees of Palestinian Refugee following AGPS Appeal

Charity Pledges to Pay Treatment Fees of Palestinian Refugee following AGPS Appeal

Published date : 21-06-2020

The Islamic Association inside the Green Line (Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1948) has pledged to pay the treatment costs of Palestinian refugee Adnan Abdullah who suffers from Parkinson disease. The move was announced following a report published by AGPS as part of “My Story” project. Shortly after the report was released, the association reached out to Adnan’s son

Palestinian Refugee Tents in Northern Syria Dismantled by Torrential Downpour

Palestinian Refugee Tents in Northern Syria Dismantled by Torrential Downpour

Published date : 19-06-2020

A rainstorm rocked displacement camps in the northern outskirts of Syria’s northern province of Idlib, destroying tents where displaced families have been taking shelter. Eye-witnesses said dozens of tents were uprooted by the rainstorm and several others were swamped by rainwater. Hundreds of displaced Palestinian families have been struggling for survival in the poorly-equipped camps set up in Idlib province

80-Year-Old Palestinian Refugee Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

80-Year-Old Palestinian Refugee Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 19-06-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Yousef Koujeel, born in 1939, has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons since 2014. Koujeel was arrested on January 05, 2014 in Ali AlWahsh Street, in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, as he attempted to flee the blockaded Yarmouk Camp. AGPS documented the secret detention of 1,797 Palestinian refugees in Syrian government jails, including dozens

AGPS Issues New Report about Yarmouk Camp

AGPS Issues New Report about Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 16-06-2020

A new report issued by AGPS on June 16 has tackled initiatives and negotiations seeking to neutralize the camp and keeping the residents at bay from raging hostilities.  Divided into two major parts, the report covers official and popular initiatives launched between the end of December 2012 and May 22, 2018 to neutralize Yarmouk camp, lift the tough siege

53 Residents of AlRaml Camp for Palestinian Refugees Pronounced Dead in War-Torn Syria

53 Residents of AlRaml Camp for Palestinian Refugees Pronounced Dead in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 16-06-2020

AGPS has documented the death of 53 residents of AlRaml camp for Palestinian refugees since the outburst of the Syrian conflict. The list includes 36 victims who died under torture, two who were gunned down by snipers, 12 who were fatally shot, and two other residents who were killed following their abduction. Another resident died of a health setback. UN

Resident of Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Goes Missing

Resident of Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Goes Missing

Published date : 14-06-2020

Palestinian refugee Yaser Hasan Suleiman, a resident of Khan Eshieh camp, in Rif Dimashq, disappeared on Sunday on his way to Damascus province. His current condition remains unknown.  Yaser’s family said their son, aged 29, is a person with special needs. They have appealed to the concerned institutions to work on revealing his condition and whereabouts before it is

Displaced Palestinian Families in Northern Syria Push for Urgent Humanitarian Action

Displaced Palestinian Families in Northern Syria Push for Urgent Humanitarian Action

Published date : 13-06-2020

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees displaced from southern Damascus and the refugee camps of Khan Eshieh, Yarmouk, and Deraa to displacement camps set up in northern Syria have appealed to the national and international humanitarian organizations to take up their responsibilities regarding their squalid humanitarian condition. The refugees have called on UNRWA to take urgent measures so as to supply them

Eye-Witnesses: Holy Koran Books Stolen from Yarmouk Camp

Eye-Witnesses: Holy Koran Books Stolen from Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 13-06-2020

A resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees said he caught sight of a Syrian security officer boarding a motorcycle and who stole Holy Koran books from a local mosque. The eye-witness added that iron bars have been stolen from the dome of the Palestine Mosque, in Yarmouk displacement camp. Activists have warned that civilian property has been subjected to

AGPS Executive Director: Reluctance Regarding Civilians’ Appeals to Return to Yarmouk Carries Tragic Consequences

AGPS Executive Director: Reluctance Regarding Civilians’ Appeals to Return to Yarmouk Carries Tragic Consequences

Published date : 11-06-2020

Executive Director of the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS), Mr. Ahmad Hosain, slammed the Syrian government for dragging its feet regarding civilians’ appeals to return to their homes in Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp from which they have been displaced following the outbreak of the bloody conflict. Speaking with Enab Baladi news site, Mr. Hosain said the state of

Syrian Authorities Seeking to Rehabilitate Palestinian Yarmouk Camp at Lowest Cost

Syrian Authorities Seeking to Rehabilitate Palestinian Yarmouk Camp at Lowest Cost

Published date : 09-06-2020

Syria’s Local Administration and Environment Minister Hussein Makhlouf revealed that the Damascus Countryside Governorate will remove the rubble in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, southern Damascus, to secure the return of displaced residents, adding that work is underway for the return of the residents of Yarmouk Camp, reported the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). Minister Makhlouf added that one of the

252 Palestinian Children Killed in War-Torn Syria

252 Palestinian Children Killed in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 04-06-2020

In statistics released on the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, AGPS said it has recorded the death of 252 Palestinian refugee children in war-torn Syria. The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is a United Nations observance each 4 June. It was established on 19 August 1982. Originally focused on victims of the 1982 Lebanon

International Education Day Established by UNGA

International Education Day Established by UNGA

Published date : 03-06-2020

The UN General Assembly has adopted establishing September 9th as international day to protect education from attacks, a move which was proposed by Qatar’s Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Education above All and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. The achievement will grant the protection of the educations right in armed conflict areas, to ensure the follow-up and provide the

Palestinian Families Displaced from Yarmouk Distressed as Return Pledges Fade Out

Palestinian Families Displaced from Yarmouk Distressed as Return Pledges Fade Out

Published date : 02-06-2020

Member of the executive office of Damascus Governorate, Samir Jazaerli, denied reports about the projected return of Yarmouk residents to their homes in the camp. He said reports claiming that families wishing to return to the camp should register their names at AlWaseem Mosque are counterfeit.  He added that efforts have been ongoing by Damascus authorities to secure a

Yarmouk Residents Urge Damascus Governor to Respond to Their Return Demands

Yarmouk Residents Urge Damascus Governor to Respond to Their Return Demands

Published date : 02-06-2020

activists and residents of Yarmouk camp urged Damascus Governor to reply to a memorandum they submitted on February 4, 2019 and which was signed by nearly 3,000 residents. The petition was handed over by the residents to Damascus governor Adel Anwar AlAlabi, urging local authorities to smooth the return of displaced families to their homes. The 200-page petition, signed

Displaced Palestinian Refugee in Turkey Appeals for Treatment of His Son

Displaced Palestinian Refugee in Turkey Appeals for Treatment of His Son

Published date : 31-05-2020

The family of Palestinian child from Syria Muawiya Abu Seyam, displaced from Yarmouk Camp to the northern Syrian province of Idlib, have appealed the Turkish authorities and humanitarian institutions to allow them to safely reach Turkish hospitals in order to treat their tumor-stricken child. The father told AGPS that his three-year-old child needs an urgent surgery to remove a life-threatening

Fire Hits Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria

Fire Hits Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria

Published date : 31-05-2020

Fires broke out in AlKeitiya neighborhood in Jaramana camp for Palestinian refugees, resulting in heavy material damage. Reporting from Rif Dimashq, an AGPS news correspondent said a house has collapsed after its roof was completely burned down. Young man Mohamed Khaled also sustained mild injuries and was rushed to Jaramana’s surgical hospital. The reasons behind the fire, which broke out

Displaced Families Call On Damascus Authorities to Step Down

Displaced Families Call On Damascus Authorities to Step Down

Published date : 28-05-2020

Families displaced from Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees have urged local authorities in Damascus to hand over their file to another body after they failed to live up to the needs and aspirations of the residents. The displaced families lashed out at the Governorate staff for dragging their feet regarding their appeals for a safe return to the camp and

PLO Calls for Safe Return of Displaced Families to Yarmouk Camp

PLO Calls for Safe Return of Displaced Families to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 28-05-2020

A meeting between the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) political factions discussed the squalid situation of Palestinian refugees in displacement camps across the Syrian territories. The PLO sounded the alarm over the exacerbated humanitarian situation of the Palestinians of Yarmouk Camp due to coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown measures imposed across the country. Amr Mourad, from the Popular Front for the

Palestinian Refugee Killed in Armed Robbery Attack South of Syria

Palestinian Refugee Killed in Armed Robbery Attack South of Syria

Published date : 27-05-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Saadiya from Yarmouk Camp was fatally shot by gunmen on the access road between AlMuseifra and Jubeib towns, east of Daraa province, north of Syria. Reporting from southern Syria, an AGPS correspondent said Mohamed was attacked by armed robbers who stole a taxi which he was driving and run away.  

Syrian Gov’t Prevents Civilians from Visiting Yarmouk Camp Cemetery

Syrian Gov’t Prevents Civilians from Visiting Yarmouk Camp Cemetery

Published date : 27-05-2020

A number of Yarmouk residents told AGPS that Syrian security forces prevented them from reaching the old cemetery in the camp to visit their relatives’ tombs during Eid AlFitr (fast-breaking festival). Syrian security forces deployed at a checkpoint pitched near the main entrance to the camp reportedly cracked down on civilians attempting to reach the cemetery. Civilians also said Russian

Palestinian Activist Released from Syrian Jail

Palestinian Activist Released from Syrian Jail

Published date : 27-05-2020

Palestinian activist Ahmad Ali Khuza’i, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, was released from a Syrian prison, where he had been held for one year and a half. AGPS has recorded the secret detention of 1,797 Palestinian refugees, including 100 women and girls, in Syria’s state-run prisons.  

Yarmouk Camp Residents Lash Out at PLO Official for Showing Off Aid Distribution

Yarmouk Camp Residents Lash Out at PLO Official for Showing Off Aid Distribution

Published date : 26-05-2020

Photos circulated on Facebook have sparked rage after they showed the director of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s political department in Damascus, ambassador Anwar Abdul Hadi, posing for a photo during the distribution of small amounts of money to displaced children in Yarmouk refugee camp. Palestinian refugees and activists said the photos violate children’s dignity and offend their innocence, calling on

312 Palestinian Refugees Gunned Down by Snipers in War-Torn Syria

312 Palestinian Refugees Gunned Down by Snipers in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 26-05-2020

AGPS has documented the death of 312 Palestinian refugees after they were fatally shot by snipers in the war-ravaged Syrian territories, mostly in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. As many as 4,048 Palestinian refugees have been pronounced dead in the Syrian warfare, according to AGPS figures.  

Gifts Distributed to Children in Jaramana Camp

Gifts Distributed to Children in Jaramana Camp

Published date : 25-05-2020

Volunteers from the so-called “White-blood cells” team distributed gifts and sweets for children sheltered in Jaramana camp on the occasion of Eid AlFitr. Jaramana camp is 8km from Damascus on the road to Damascus International Airport.  The camp was established in 1948. Before the start of the conflict in 2011, there were over 18,000 Palestine refugees living in

AGPS Issues New Book about Yarmouk Camp Tragedy

AGPS Issues New Book about Yarmouk Camp Tragedy

Published date : 21-05-2020

AGPS has recently issued a book entitled “Yarmouk Camp: A Fourfold Tragedy”, which sheds light on the violations which the camp residents have been subjected to since March 2011 until the end of April 2020. The book tackles four phases undergone by the camp residents during the period under examination and covers the property-theft, displacement, and destruction to which the

Families Displaced from Yarmouk Camp Face Mysterious Fate

Families Displaced from Yarmouk Camp Face Mysterious Fate

Published date : 21-05-2020

Property-theft and burglary targeting civilian homes and property have increasingly been reported in Yarmouk Camp. Stolen materials include house furniture, ware, and power wires. Flocks of vehicles laden with belongings stolen from abandoned buildings in the camp continue to be spotted in the area. Over recent years, pro-government militias in Syria have reportedly been raking through evacuated homes in Yarmouk

Food Items Handed Over to Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Food Items Handed Over to Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Published date : 21-05-2020

Athar Foundation for Development distributed food aid to vulnerable families in Yarmouk Camp. A sterilization drive has also been carried out by the charity across a number of residential neighborhoods. At the same time, the Charity Association for Relief of Palestinian People continues to hand over food baskets to displaced Palestinian families in Damascus and Rif Dimashq.    

Yarmouk Camp Students End School Year amid Traumatic War Memories

Yarmouk Camp Students End School Year amid Traumatic War Memories

Published date : 20-05-2020

Students of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees received their grade transcripts from their schools in AlZahira, located over 2kms away from the camp. Education chief in Yarmouk Camp, Walid AlKurdi, said that despite of the harsh living conditions endured by civilians and children in the area, Palestinian students have taken it upon their shoulders to earn the highest scores in

Activists Warn against Underway Attempts to Turn Yarmouk Camp Property into Bargaining Chips

Activists Warn against Underway Attempts to Turn Yarmouk Camp Property into Bargaining Chips

Published date : 18-05-2020

Lawyers and activists have notified the residents of Yarmouk Camp against ongoing attempts by crooked merchants and profiteers to buy civilian property in the camp at very low prices. A human rights activist said a number of displaced families who have not been allowed to return to Yarmouk Camp have had their property secretly sold to brokers and real estate

Hygiene Kit Distributed in Yarmouk Camp

Hygiene Kit Distributed in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 15-05-2020

Volunteers from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, in partnership with the Danish Red Cross Society, handed over hygiene and sterilization items to residents of Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. Over recent weeks, Palestinian refugees sheltered across the Syrian territories have kept urging UNRWA to assist them in their fight against the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Activists have lashed out at UNRWA

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Fate of Forcibly Disappeared Son in Syria

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Fate of Forcibly Disappeared Son in Syria

Published date : 14-05-2020

The family of Palestinian refugee Mohamed Hamdan, born in 1996, continues to appeal for information over the condition and whereabouts of their son who was detained by the Syrian security forces in August 2013 at a checkpoint pitched near the main entrance to Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus. The family said they have no idea whether their son is still alive

Displaced Families to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Families to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 14-05-2020

Syrian security forces deployed on Street 30 have allegedly started registering names of families wishing to return to Yarmouk Camp. Property ownership proofs and identity documents have been stipulated as a precondition for the registration process. AGPS could not identify the piece of news.  Local activists said an officer at the checkpoint received civilians’ applications and documents, pending the

Displaced Palestinian Families Denounce Steep Burial Prices in Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Palestinian Families Denounce Steep Burial Prices in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 13-05-2020

Burying their deceased beloved ones has become a nightmarish quest for Palestinians taking refuge in and around Yarmouk Camp. The refugees find it too difficult to secure a burial spot due to a shortage of land and soaring tomb prices. The residents have been subjected to tough security restrictions as they attempt to entomb their deceased relatives in the local

Palestinian Refugees Denounce Property-Theft in Syria

Palestinian Refugees Denounce Property-Theft in Syria

Published date : 12-05-2020

Property-theft and house burglary have been increasingly reported at Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. Activists told AGPS that pro-government gunmen in Syria have been raking through Palestinian displacement camps and stealing refugees’ belongings under the security pretext. This has been the case in the refugee camps of Yarmouk, AlHusainiya, AlSabina, Khan Eshieh, AlAyedeen in Hums, and AlRaml in Latakia. Scores

Residents of Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Urgent Humanitarian Assistance

Residents of Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Urgent Humanitarian Assistance

Published date : 10-05-2020

Education chief in Yarmouk Camp, Walid AlKurdi, and Palestinian activists have launched calls for assisting vulnerable families taking shelter in the area. In a Facebook statement, AlKurdi said families displaced from Yarmouk to surrounding areas and those who remained in the camp live below the poverty line. He called on the concerned authorities and human rights organizations to take urgent

Palestinian Writer Ali AlShehabi Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 8th Year

Palestinian Writer Ali AlShehabi Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 8th Year

Published date : 08-05-2020

Palestinian writer Ali Sa’id Shehabi has been secretly held in Syria government jails for the eighth year running. Shehabi, an English instructor at a UNRWA school, was kidnapped on December 17, 2012. Prior to his abduction, Shehabi had been taking shelter in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. Frequent calls by international NGOs and activists to unearth Shehabi’s fate have gone

7 Years On, Tragic Traces of AlJa’ouna Massacre Still Present in Yarmouk Camp

7 Years On, Tragic Traces of AlJa’ouna Massacre Still Present in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 08-05-2020

Seven years have passed by since AlJa’ouna massacre, perpetrated on August 2, 2012, took away the lives of over 20 Palestinians in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, among them children. Several other Palestinians were left wounded after two mortar shells slammed into the area prior to iftar (fast-breaking) time. The list of casualties includes the two children Anas Talouzi and

Palestinians of Yarmouk Camp Launch Cry for Help

Palestinians of Yarmouk Camp Launch Cry for Help

Published date : 05-05-2020

Human rights activists have appealed to the Palestinian and international NGOs to provide humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian families who remained in Yarmouk refugee camp. The activists stressed the need to secure bread, drinking water, and vital food items to the residents, in light of the movement restrictions slapped across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Civilians lashed

18 Palestinian Journalists Killed in War-Torn Syria

18 Palestinian Journalists Killed in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 04-05-2020

Statistics released by AGPS on the World Press Freedom Day have recorded the death of 18 Palestinian journalists since the outburst of deadly hostilities in March 2011, among whom academics and volunteers. The causalities died while covering scenes on the battleground or while providing civilians with relief assistance across the ravaged Syrian territories. The list includes nine journalists who died

Eye-Witnesses Raise Concerns over Movement Crackdown by Syrian Gov’t in Yarmouk Camp

Eye-Witnesses Raise Concerns over Movement Crackdown by Syrian Gov’t in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 03-05-2020

The Syrian government forces have started the construction of a large gate and a metal canopy at the main entrance to Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees. Eye-witnesses said the move unveils the Syrian government’s intent to set a security barrier in order to control civilians’ access out of and into the camp. Activists said the measure aims to crack down

Palestinian Families Displaced from Yarmouk Appeal for Urgent Humanitarian Aid

Palestinian Families Displaced from Yarmouk Appeal for Urgent Humanitarian Aid

Published date : 02-05-2020

Palestinian refugees seeking shelter in Jdeidat Artouz town, in Rif Dimashq’s western outskirts, after they were displaced from Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, said they have not received humanitarian aid donated by charities and relief institutions. The refugees denounced the “discriminatory” aid distribution process, saying that they have not received relief aid recently distributed as part of a humanitarian campaign

Palestinian Refugee Fayad AlShehabi Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Gov’t Prisons

Palestinian Refugee Fayad AlShehabi Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Gov’t Prisons

Published date : 01-05-2020

Palestinian refugee Fayad Abdul Karim Shehabi has been secretly locked up in Syria’s state prisons since November 2013. An ex-prisoner said he had met Fayad, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, in 2014 in Branch 215. Other reports said he was spotted in Sednaya military prison. His exact condition and whereabouts remain unknown. According to AGPS statistics, 1,794 Palestinian refugees

Disinfection Drive Held in Jaramana Refugee Camp

Disinfection Drive Held in Jaramana Refugee Camp

Published date : 30-04-2020

The Palestinian Youth Movement embarked on a campaign to sterilize residential alleyways in Jaramana camp in an attempt to help civilians fight the novel coronavirus COVID-19. No coronavirus cases have been reported in Jaramana camp so far. Jaramana camp is 8km from Damascus on the road to Damascus International Airport.  The camp was established in 1948. Before the start

2 Palestinian Refugees Arrested North of Syria

2 Palestinian Refugees Arrested North of Syria

Published date : 30-04-2020

Turkish police arrested two Palestinian refugees—Ahmad Ibrahim Kharmendi, 39, and Zakaria Yahya Dirawi, 33—as they attempted to cross northern Syrian borders near Gindires area, in Aleppo province. Both arrestees were displaced from Yarmouk camp, in Damascus, to Deir Ballout camp, north of Syria. An AGPS reporter said that a few days earlier, the refugees were arrested and released sometime later

Yarmouk Residents Appeal for Removal of Dead Bodies

Yarmouk Residents Appeal for Removal of Dead Bodies

Published date : 29-04-2020

Activists and civilians in Yarmouk Camp called on the concerned authorities and humanitarian organizations to urgently step in so as to remove the bodies of five residents who have remained under the mounds of debris piled up in the camp. According to local activists, the bodies of Haifa AlHaj and her husband Mohamed Hadaba, along with Inshirah AlShaabi, Abdul Hadi

Activists Slam UNRWA over Unequipped Quarantine Room for Palestinian Refugees

Activists Slam UNRWA over Unequipped Quarantine Room for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 28-04-2020

A photo circulated on social media networks has sparked outrage after it revealed the unequipped quarantine room in which a coronavirus-stricken Palestinian family from Syria has been confined in AlJaleel refugee camp, in Lebanon’s Baalbek city. Palestinian refugees and activists leveled heavy criticism at UNRWA over the substandard quarantine facility in which the family members have been held. Only a

Palestinian Artist AlHakam AlNu’eimi Pronounced Dead in France

Palestinian Artist AlHakam AlNu’eimi Pronounced Dead in France

Published date : 27-04-2020

Palestinian artist AlHakam Abdul Aziz AlNueimi died at hospital in Strasburg following a struggle with a fatal disease. AlHakam, a painter, a poet, a designer, and a journalist, was born and raised in Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, in 1974. He earned a diploma in decorative engineering from Damascus Faculty of Fine Arts. He had been jailed in Syrian prisons

Aid Items Handed Over to Displaced Families in Yarmouk Camp

Aid Items Handed Over to Displaced Families in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 26-04-2020

The popular committee in Yarmouk Camp handed over food baskets to families with special needs. Sometime earlier, the committee distributed disinfectants and detergents to residents of the Uruba neighborhood in the camp. After nine years of conflict, Palestine refugees, particularly those taking shelter in Yarmouk, continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups in Syria with immense humanitarian needs

4 New Coronavirus Cases Recorded among Palestinians of Syria in Lebanon

4 New Coronavirus Cases Recorded among Palestinians of Syria in Lebanon

Published date : 25-04-2020

Four residents of a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing total cases in the area to five. Authorities closed all entrances to AlJalil Palestinian refugee camp in eastern Lebanon on Friday after four more people tested positive for COVID-19, heightening concerns the virus could further spread among its overcrowded population. The four infected with

Displaced Palestinian Families Call for Safe Return to Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Palestinian Families Call for Safe Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 22-04-2020

Palestinian families continue to call on the concerned authorities to allow them a safe return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, and to press ahead with reconstruction projects. On January 07, 2020, Palestinian lawyer Nour AlDeen AlSaman, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, called on Palestinian refugees to file lawsuits in order to return to their homes and retrieve

2 More COVID-19 Infections Reported among Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Sweden

2 More COVID-19 Infections Reported among Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Sweden

Published date : 20-04-2020

Two more Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) have been infected with COVID-19 in Sweden, according to Sunday reports. An AGPS news correspondent said another two PRS, identified as a man and a woman displaced from Yarmouk Camp, tested positive for coronavirus in Malmo. The new infections bring the number of PRS who contracted COVID-19 in Europe to 10, including eight

Elderly Palestinian Woman Goes Missing in Athens

Elderly Palestinian Woman Goes Missing in Athens

Published date : 18-04-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Lutfiya Mahmoud, a former resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, has gone missing for the seventh day in Athens. The refugee, aged 72, disappeared on April 10, after she left her home in Omonia Square. Her condition and whereabouts could not be identified. Palestinian refugees from Syria continue to risk their lives onboard the “death

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Mohamed Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Mohamed Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 7th Year

Published date : 17-04-2020

The family of Palestinian refugee Mohamd Mahmoud Mohamed, born in 1986, continues to appeal for information over the fate of their forcibly disappeared relative, who has been locked up in Syrian government jails since January 24, 2013. A resident of Yarmouk Camp, the detainee was kidnapped from his workplace in Dumar area, in western Damascus. AGPS documented the secret incarceration

Initiative Launched to Pay Rental Fees for Vulnerable Families in Jaramana Camp

Initiative Launched to Pay Rental Fees for Vulnerable Families in Jaramana Camp

Published date : 14-04-2020

Activists from Jaramana refugee camp, in Rif Dimashq, have embarked on a campaign to pay home rents for the poorest families in the area, amid the economic hardship inflicted by coronavirus outbreak. A campaigner said so far eight families have had their rents paid as part of the initiative. An activist has appealed to house owners to sympathize with the

Activists Lash Out at PLO over Lack of Sympathy regarding Palestinians of Syria

Activists Lash Out at PLO over Lack of Sympathy regarding Palestinians of Syria

Published date : 14-04-2020

Activists in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, have leveled heavy criticism at the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) over its apathy regarding the situation of Palestinian refugees in Syria. The activists said the PLO has recently done nothing more than distributing bread and detergents to the vulnerable refugee communities across the war-torn country. They further denounced picture-taking by PLO

Property-Theft Ongoing in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Property-Theft Ongoing in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 12-04-2020

Activists have warned that civilian property has been subjected to theft and homes to burglary in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. “Coronavirus has put the entire world out of action and paralyzed everybody’s movement, except for thieve’s motion  in Yarmouk Camp”, said an activist on Facebook. He added that he caught sight of flocks of vehicles laden with

Anti-Coronavirus Measures Taken by Red Crescent to Protect Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Anti-Coronavirus Measures Taken by Red Crescent to Protect Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Published date : 11-04-2020

Director of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Syria, Atef Ibrahim, said the organization has opted for emergency measures in order to help Palestinian refugees across Syria fight coronavirus. Speaking during a meeting with the political department’s chief of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Anwar Abdul Hadi, the Red Crescent director said clinics run by the international humanitarian organization have been

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Rashid Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Rashid Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 10-04-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Ibrahim Rashid has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons since 2014. Mohamed was arrested on January 05, 2014 in Ali AlWahsh Street in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, as he attempted to flee the blockaded Yarmouk Camp. Lists of hundreds of forcibly disappeared Palestinian refugees and victims in Syria are available on AGPS website, both in

Residents of Yarmouk Camp Denounce Water, Bread Dearth

Residents of Yarmouk Camp Denounce Water, Bread Dearth

Published date : 09-04-2020

Residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, have been struggling with an acute shortage in bread and fuel. A water crisis has made the situation more calamitous. In appeals passed on to AGPS, civilians called on the concerned authorities to urgently step in and provide vulnerable families with much-needed bread and drinking-water, at a time when a full

Palestinian Women, Her Baby Girl Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 8th Year

Palestinian Women, Her Baby Girl Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 8th Year

Published date : 06-04-2020

Palestinian refugee Taghrid Eissat and her infant Hadil AlGhayathi have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian government prisons, where they have been held since 2013. The mother and her daughter were kidnapped in March 2013 as they passed through the government-run AlAlaaf checkpoint, in al Hajar AlAswad area, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp. Their fate and whereabouts remain mysterious. AGPS continues

Palestinian Families Displaced from Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Urgent Relief Assistance in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Palestinian Families Displaced from Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Urgent Relief Assistance in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Published date : 04-04-2020

Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk refugee camp to Jdeidat Artouz, in Rif Dimashq, said they are unable to cope with the coronavirus outbreak as they have not received medical assistance by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The residents said no precautionary measures have been taken in the area, where dozens of displaced families live below

Displaced Palestinian Refugees in Qudsaya Denounce Bread Crisis

Displaced Palestinian Refugees in Qudsaya Denounce Bread Crisis

Published date : 30-03-2020

Palestinian families sheltered in Qudsaya town, in Rif Dimashq, said they have been struggling to fetch bread loafs from local bakeries. A displaced Palestinian refugee said over recent days government-run distribution centers have kept telling residents who line up daily for over three hours in the streets that they have run out of bed. He added that bread quantities allocated

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Jail

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Jail

Published date : 29-03-2020

Palestinian refugee Fahd AlKhatib, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, died under torture in Syrian government prisons. Fahd was arrested on June 20, 2013. He reportedly died in September 2013. AGPS statistics indicate that 620 Palestinian refugees have died under torture in Syria’s state-run penal complexes. AGPS estimates the real number to be far higher due to the gag orders slapped

Palestinian Families in Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Urgent Medical Assistance

Palestinian Families in Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Urgent Medical Assistance

Published date : 28-03-2020

Human rights activists have appealed to the Palestinian and international NGOs to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian families who remained in Yarmouk refugee camp. The activists stressed the need to secure bread, drinking water, and vital food items to the residents, in light of the movement restrictions slapped across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak

Palestinian Refugee Alaa AlDeen Alalouh Secretly Jailed in Syria for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Alaa AlDeen Alalouh Secretly Jailed in Syria for 7th Year

Published date : 27-03-2020

Palestinian refugee Alaa AlDeen Abd Alalouh has been secretly detained in Syrian government jails for the seventh consecutive year. Alaa, born in 1979, was arrested on July 01, 2013 at a checkpoint in Yarmouk refugee camp. His family continues to appeal for information about his condition. AGPS has recorded the secret incarceration of 1,791 Palestinian refugees, including 110 women

As Syrian War Enters 9th Year, Palestinian Refugees Fall Prey to Killing and Enforced Disappearance

As Syrian War Enters 9th Year, Palestinian Refugees Fall Prey to Killing and Enforced Disappearance

Published date : 23-03-2020

The unabated shelling and deadly shootouts rocking the Syrian territories for the ninth-year running have claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinian refugees and resulted in the abduction, torture, displacement, and enforced disappearance of thousands more. AGPS has documented the death of 4,039 Palestinian refugees in Syria, including women and children, since 2011, as a result of war-related incidents

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Daouah Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Daouah Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 7th Year

Published date : 22-03-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Hakam Husain Daouah has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons for the seventh consecutive year. Mohamed, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, was arrested on June 10, 2013 in AlZahira area, in Damascus and was dragged to an unknown destination. His condition and whereabouts could not be identified. AGPS has documented the secret detention of over 1

Detergents Distributed in Jaramana Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Detergents Distributed in Jaramana Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 19-03-2020

The political department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) handed over detergents and disinfectants to vulnerable Palestinian families in Jaramana refugee camp. Jaramana camp is 8km from Damascus on the road to Damascus International Airport.  The camp was established in 1948. Before the start of the conflict in 2011, there were over 18,000 Palestine refugees living in Jaramana

Reconstruction Works to Be Kick-Started in Few Weeks in Yarmouk

Reconstruction Works to Be Kick-Started in Few Weeks in Yarmouk

Published date : 16-03-2020

Pro-government sources in Syria said a flock of reconstruction vehicles will enter Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, within a two weeks’ time. According to the same sources, Syrian government forces removed concrete blocks set up at the main entrance to the camp pending the entrance of reconstruction vehicles. Scores of stranded families fled Yarmouk following the 33-day military

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Prison

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Prison

Published date : 16-03-2020

Palestinian refugee Mamdouh Rebhi Khalifa has died under torture in Syrian government prisons, where he had been locked up for nearly six months. The victim, a resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, was arrested in May 2014 at his home in Kafr Sousa, in Damascus. AGPS data indicates that 618 Palestinian refugees have died under torture in Syria’s state-run penitentiaries. AGPS

Palestinian Journalist Muhannad Omar Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

Palestinian Journalist Muhannad Omar Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

Published date : 13-03-2020

Palestinian journalist Muhannad Mohamed Omar has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government lock-ups for the eighth year running. Omar was kidnapped by the government troops from the office of AlAlem Channel on February 29, 2012 on account of his affiliations with opposition outfits. The journalist was born in Yarmouk in 1985. He is the father of two kids

Palestinian Refugee Wins Oslo Mechanical Automotive Competition

Palestinian Refugee Wins Oslo Mechanical Automotive Competition

Published date : 10-03-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Karim Zamzam won the first place in the "oslomesterskap" competition for mechanical engineering students in the Norwegian capital city Oslo, beating 30 students taking part in the competition at Kuben Vgs School. Karim, a former resident of Yarmouk camp, fled war-torn Syria to Norway in the lookout for better opportunities. Sometime earlier, he had won a

Displaced Families Call for Urgent Return to Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Families Call for Urgent Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 10-03-2020

Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk camp have urged local authorities in Damascus to backtrack on the new organizational plan which they said gives the Syrian government a greenlight to take hold of all buildings in the camp. Families who lost their documents in the warfare expressed their fears over the government’s projected denial of their right to compensation. Palestinian families

617 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails

617 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails

Published date : 10-03-2020

Palestinian refugee Fadi Husain Amoura died under torture in a Syrian prison. His family was recently updated on his death. He was a resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus. Fadi’s death brings the toll of victims of torture among Palestinian refugees in Syria to 617. AGPS estimates the real number to be far higher due to the gag orders

Palestinian Student Honored in Istanbul

Palestinian Student Honored in Istanbul

Published date : 08-03-2020

Al Nahda International School in Istanbul honored the Palestinian girl from Syria Joudi Ahmad AlKurdi, displaced from Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, for the outstanding results she has achieved as part of preparatory school exams (3rd grade) in Istanbul. Unofficial statistics indicate that 8,000 Palestinians from Syria have sought shelter in Turkey, where they have been facing dire socio-economic conditions and denied

Palestinian Refugee Killed in Northern Syria Shootouts

Palestinian Refugee Killed in Northern Syria Shootouts

Published date : 08-03-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Abu Sakhr, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, was killed as he fought alongside the opposition squads in the northern Syrian city of Saraqebe. AGPS documented the death of 4,032 Palestinian refugees since the outbreak of the deadly conflict in Syria.

Maintenance Works Carried out in Idlib’s Atama Refugee Camp

Maintenance Works Carried out in Idlib’s Atama Refugee Camp

Published date : 07-03-2020

Works have been underway by Bonyan Association to repair the sanitation network in Atama refugee camp, located on the outer edges of the northern Syrian province of Idlib. The association said the project has been launched in favor of over 260,000 vulnerable persons. Cement pipes will be built in the area in order to enhance sewage disposal. Some 50

Displaced Palestinian Student from Syria Honored at Lebanon School

Displaced Palestinian Student from Syria Honored at Lebanon School

Published date : 07-03-2020

The General Union of Palestine Students – Lebanon Branch honored the Palestinian girl from Syria Jala Khaled AlKhatib for the outstanding results she achieved as part of 1st year secondary education exams held at the UNRWA-run Beit Jala School, in Siblin, in AlKharroub region, south of Lebanon. She got the highest score at the school. 15-year-old Jala was born and

486 Palestinian Refugee Women Pronounced Dead, 40 Missing in War-Torn Syria

486 Palestinian Refugee Women Pronounced Dead, 40 Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 07-03-2020

At least 486 Palestinian women from Syria have been pronounced dead since the outburst of the bloody warfare in the Syrian Arab Republic. Statistics released by AGPS on the occasion of the International Women’s Day indicates that Palestinian refugee women who died of war-related incidents all the way through Syria’s nine-year conflict make up 16% of the overall death toll

Residents of Yarmouk Refugee Camp Receive New Return Pledges

Residents of Yarmouk Refugee Camp Receive New Return Pledges

Published date : 06-03-2020

Displaced families have received pledges by Damascus Governorate to return to Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees in the near future. The promises were made by member of Damascus statistics and planning committee Samir AlJazaerli. AlJazaerli said the engineering company has set three ways to rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp: To refine main streets and reconstruct the most affected areas; or to reconstruct

Palestinian Refugee Killed in Northern Syria Shootouts

Palestinian Refugee Killed in Northern Syria Shootouts

Published date : 06-03-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Nidhal Ahmad Dirbas, from Yarmouk Camp, was killed as he took part in armed fighting in the northern Syrian province of Idlib. According to AGPS data, 4,030 Palestinian refugees from Syria have been pronounced dead since the outbreak of the bloody conflict, in 2011.

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Alelouh Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Prison for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Alelouh Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Prison for 6th Year

Published date : 01-03-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Alelouh, born in 1965, has been secretly locked up in Syrian government prisons since 2014. AGPS documented the secret detention of 1,787 Palestinian refugees in Syria’s state-run penal complexes, among them 110 women and girls. The refugee was detained on January 05, 2014 in Ali AlWahsh Street in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, as he attempted

Dispossessed Palestinian Refugee Launches Cry for Help from Rif Dimashq

Dispossessed Palestinian Refugee Launches Cry for Help from Rif Dimashq

Published date : 01-03-2020

Activists have sounded distress signals over the deteriorating condition of Palestinian refugee Shadi Qablawi, who, like hundreds of other refugees, was displaced from his home in Yarmouk refugee camp. Shadi is now left without a roof over his head in Sidi Miqdad area, in Rif Dimashq. Shadi had lost his mother. His father left war-torn Syria. He lived with his

Fine Arts Institute Founded by Palestinian Refugee in Germany

Fine Arts Institute Founded by Palestinian Refugee in Germany

Published date : 26-02-2020

Palestinian refugee from Syria Tareq Bahij established an institute to teach painting to refugees in Germany. A former resident of Yarmouk for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, Tareq said he started teaching painting as soon as he landed in Germany, some four years ago. He said his project aims at enhancing the refugees’ self-confidence and painting skills as a means to

Palestinian Refugee Tayseer Mohamed Kays Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Refugee Tayseer Mohamed Kays Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 25-02-2020

The family of Palestinian refugee Tayseer Mohamed Kays has appealed to the national and international human rights institutions to work on disclosing the fate of their son, who has gone missing for nearly four months. The family said they had last contacted Tayseer on October 22, 2019, after he arrived in Belgium from Greece. He had told them that he

Palestinian Refugees Killed in Israeli Aggression on Syria

Palestinian Refugees Killed in Israeli Aggression on Syria

Published date : 25-02-2020

At the same time as Israel was attacking the blockaded Gaza Strip, media reports said its warplanes were attacking different targets in Syria, killing at least six people, including two Palestinian residents of Yarmouk refugee camp. Six people have been killed in the Israeli air attack on Damascus, a war monitor said on Monday, as Israel confirmed raids on the

Yarmouk Camp Excluded from New Reconstruction Plan

Yarmouk Camp Excluded from New Reconstruction Plan

Published date : 24-02-2020

A pro-government source in Syria said the old Yarmouk camp will not be included in new reconstruction plans, adding that the displaced families will be allowed to return to the camp within four months. According to the same source, debris-clearance works will be resumed in the camp sometime soon. Member of Damascus Executive Office Samir Jazerli said the old Yarmouk

Displaced Palestinians Warn of Property-Theft South of Damascus

Displaced Palestinians Warn of Property-Theft South of Damascus

Published date : 23-02-2020

Reports have burglary continue to emerge in AlHajar AlAswad neighborhood, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, where hundreds of Palestinian refugees have been taking shelter. Members of pro-government groups have reportedly stolen furniture from abandoned buildings in and around the neighborhoods. Palestinian families displaced from the area continue to call on the concerned authorities to allow them a safe

Palestinian Minor Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Minor Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 22-02-2020

Palestinian refugees Raed Hosam Shaheen has been secretly locked up in Syrian government prisons since 2014. Raed, born in 1998, was arrested on January 05, 2014 in Ali AlWahsh Street, in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, as he attempted to flee the blockaded Yarmouk Camp.

Vaccination Campaign Launched in Yarmouk Camp

Vaccination Campaign Launched in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 21-02-2020

A two-day campaign to vaccinate children aged below five years-old against poliomyelitis has seen the day in Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. In live photos, medics and paramedics appear touring residential alleyways in order to immunize children. Thousands of Palestinian and Syrian children who have gone displaced from their homes in war-torn Syria, have been left without life-saving

Six Years On… Tragic Traces of Massacre Perpetrated by Syrian Regime on AlMuzeireeb’s Palestinian Refugee Community Still Present

Six Years On… Tragic Traces of Massacre Perpetrated by Syrian Regime on AlMuzeireeb’s Palestinian Refugee Community Still Present

Published date : 19-02-2020

This week marks the sixth anniversary of a massacre perpetrated by the Syrian regime army on AlMuzeireeb Palestinian refugee community in Daraa, south of Syria. The Syrian government forces targeted Al-Zaytoun school and a local clinic run by UNRWA with barrel bombs on February 18, 2014, taking away the lives of over 18 civilians, including schoolchildren and instructors. Located some

80-Year-Old Palestinian Refugee Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

80-Year-Old Palestinian Refugee Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 18-02-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Yousef Koujeel, born in 1939, has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons since 2014. Koujeel was arrested on January 05, 2014 in Ali AlWahsh Street, in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, as he attempted to flee the blockaded Yarmouk Camp. AGPS documented the secret detention of 1,786 Palestinian refugees in Syrian government jails, including dozens

Tension Running High as Civilian Killed in Yarmouk Camp

Tension Running High as Civilian Killed in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 16-02-2020

A resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, was pronounced dead after thieves hit him in the head with timber beams, causing his immediate death, according to eye-witnesses. The victim’s family was forced to cancel a lawsuit after they received death and intimidation threats. The family and local activists slammed the silence maintained by the Palestine Liberation Organization

Efforts Ongoing to Reconstruct Yarmouk School

Efforts Ongoing to Reconstruct Yarmouk School

Published date : 15-02-2020

Education chief in Yarmouk Camp, Walid AlKurdi, said local workers and volunteers have cleaned up the classrooms and corridors of the UNRWA-run AlTabgha School in an attempt to resume classes sometime soon. Sometime earlier, UNRWA appointed a committee to assess the damage inflicted on AlTabgha School, following calls launched by civilians to enhance education services in the area.

Palestinian Activists Push for Return of Yarmouk Families to Their Homes

Palestinian Activists Push for Return of Yarmouk Families to Their Homes

Published date : 15-02-2020

Palestinian activists have urged the Syrian authorities, Palestinian Authority, and UNRWA to seriously work on facilitating the access of families who have been displaced from Yarmouk Camp to their homes. The activists quoted displaced families as appealing to all concerned parties to work on securing their safe return to their homes in order to retrieve their properties and belongings. The

Arrest Sweep Targets Displaced Palestinians in Qudsaya

Arrest Sweep Targets Displaced Palestinians in Qudsaya

Published date : 14-02-2020

A number of Palestinian young men have been arrested in a large-scale arrest sweep launched by the Syrian government forces in Qudsaya town, in Rif Dimashq, in an attempt to force youths into military conscription. Three Palestinian young men were reportedly arrested so far, among a list of seven arrestees who were displaced from Yarmouk refugee camp. Activists said the

Damascus Committee Carries Out Building Survey in Yarmouk Camp

Damascus Committee Carries Out Building Survey in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 13-02-2020

A delegation from Damascus governorate headed by member of the governorate’s executive committee Samir Jazaerli showed up in Yarmouk camp in an attempt to assess the situation of buildings in the area, reported Yarmouk’s education chief Walid AlKurdi. Palestinian refugees displaced from the camp slammed the Syrian government for its reluctance regarding their appeals to return to their homes, saying

Palestinian Refugees Distressed as Abduction Reports Spread across Northern Syria

Palestinian Refugees Distressed as Abduction Reports Spread across Northern Syria

Published date : 13-02-2020

Displaced Palestinians and Syrians in refugee camps set up in Atama, north of Syria, have voiced deep concern over the fate of their children as reports have increasingly emerged on disguised child-snatchers. Activists said unknown gangsters attempted to kidnap women and children from the area. Two youths boarding a black car and disguised as women have been suspected of abduction

Palestinian Girl Maryem Jaber Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Girl Maryem Jaber Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 11-02-2020

Palestinian child Myriam Maher Jaber, born in 2011, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government prisons for the sixth consecutive year. The child was arrested on January 05, 2014 in Ali AlWahsh Street, in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, as she attempted to flee the blockaded Yarmouk Camp with her family. AGPS has documented the secret internment of

Situation of Displaced Palestinian Families in Northern Syria Exacerbated by Cold Weather

Situation of Displaced Palestinian Families in Northern Syria Exacerbated by Cold Weather

Published date : 10-02-2020

Hundreds of displaced Palestinian families taking refuge in northern Syria continue to raise concerns over their fate as a freezing winter season has overwhelmed the region. The families continue to lash out at the apathy maintained by UNRWA, the Palestinian Authority, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and all other local and international bodies regarding their tragic situation. Palestinian refugees sheltered in

332 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

332 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 08-02-2020

332 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women and girls, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare, AGPS has found out. Most of those who have disappeared in the country are residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. Activists have accused pro-government militias of targeting Palestinians in arbitrary abduction sweeps carried out under the security guise

Palestinians of Syria: Trump’s Peace Plan Unwelcome, Our Right of Return Not for Sale

Palestinians of Syria: Trump’s Peace Plan Unwelcome, Our Right of Return Not for Sale

Published date : 31-01-2020

Protests have been held by Palestinian refugees taking shelter across the Syrian territories in response to the US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, announced on Tuesday. Hundreds of refugees took to the streets in the refugee camps of AlNeirab in Aleppo, AlAyedeen in Hums, AlRaml in Latakia, along with AlHusainiya, Khan Dannun, and AlSayeda Zeinab camps, in Rif Dimashq. Families

Palestinian Refugee Ahmed AlAmad Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Refugee Ahmed AlAmad Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 29-01-2020

Palestinian refugee Ahmed Shahada AlAmad, born in 1968, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government prisons. Ahmed, a resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, was kidnapped from AlZahira neighborhood in Damascus on June 6, 2014. His family continues to appeal for information over his condition and whereabouts.

Maintenance Works Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Maintenance Works Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 27-01-2020

Pro-government sources in Syria said excavation works have been ongoing west of Yarmouk Camp to repair the main water tank in the area. Reports have also emerged on upcoming rubble-clearance works in the ravaged camp. Activists said members of the Palestine Liberation army are expected to be deployed in the area over security concerns. A celebration will reportedly be held

Thousands of Palestinian Students Facing Serious Challenges in Syria

Thousands of Palestinian Students Facing Serious Challenges in Syria

Published date : 26-01-2020

More than eight years of deadly warfare have imperiled the quality of education and access to educational facilities in the ravaged Syrian territories. Palestinian schoolchildren and university students continue to strive for academic careers that match their dreams for a better future, AGPS said on the International Day of Education, celebrated by the United Nations General Assembly on 24 January

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Prisons for 6th Year

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Prisons for 6th Year

Published date : 25-01-2020

Three Palestinian brothers from AlTaamari family, sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, have been secretly held in Syrian government prisons for the sixth consecutive year. The refugees were identified as: Khaled Jamal AlTaamari, 26; Mohamed Jamal AlTaamari, 23; and Ahmad Jamal AlTaamari, 19. They were arrested on May 1, 2014 on their way out of Yarmouk camp through Ali AlWahsh checkpoint, run

Palestinian Refugee Ahmad Salam Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Ahmad Salam Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 6th Year

Published date : 24-01-2020

Palestinian refugee Ahmad Saad AlDeen Salam has been secretly held in Syrian government jails since 2014. Ahmed was kidnapped on January 5, 2014 from Ali AlWahsh street, in Hjeira town, south of Damascus, as he attempted to flee the then-blockaded Yarmouk Camp. AGPS documented the secret detention of over 1,760 Palestinian refugees, including women and minors, in Syrian government

Over 4,022 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Pronounced Dead due to War-Related Incidents

Over 4,022 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Pronounced Dead due to War-Related Incidents

Published date : 24-01-2020

AGPS has documented the death of 4,022 Palestinian refugees in Syria, including 484 women and girls, since 2011 as a result of war-related incidents. 1,987 refugees were pronounced dead in 2019 (until October 21), up from 1,953 in 2018. Yarmouk Camp topped the list with 1,464 casualties, followed by Daraa Camp with 266 victims, 203 in

Palestinian Refugee Hasan Leyla Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Hasan Leyla Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 7th Year

Published date : 23-01-2020

Palestinian refugee Hasan Ziad Layla, aged 26, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian state prisons for the 7th consecutive year. Hasan was kidnapped by Syrian security forces from AlKastal School in Yarmouk Camp. His condition and whereabouts remain mysterious. AGPS documented the secret detention of over 1,760 Palestinian refugees, including women and minors, in Syrian government lock-ups

12 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Fatally Shot by Turkish Gendarmerie

12 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Fatally Shot by Turkish Gendarmerie

Published date : 23-01-2020

12 Palestinian refugees, including three women and a child, were gunned down by Turkish gendarmerie as they attempted to enter the Turkish territories, fleeing war-torn Syria. The list of casualties includes Mohamed Ahmed AlKhalili, from Yarmouk Camp. He was shot dead while attempting to enter Turkey, along with his wife and children, in February 2016. In March, 2016, 15-year-old Yazen

Water Sanitation Works Launched in Yarmouk Camp

Water Sanitation Works Launched in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 21-01-2020

The General Water Company in Damascus embarked on maintenance works to rehabilitate the power network in Yarmouk refugee camp. According to government sources, maintenance works have been ongoing in Yarmouk’s main thoroughfare, near Fayez Halawa clinic and AlWaseem project. Other neighborhoods will also witness similar moves in the next few days. The Syrian government forces regained control over Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Refugee from Yarmouk Camp Receives Hamlet Talent Award in Denmark

Palestinian Refugee from Yarmouk Camp Receives Hamlet Talent Award in Denmark

Published date : 20-01-2020

Palestinian young man from Syria Ahmed Abdul Mahmoud, aged 24, received the 2019 Hamlet Talent Prize after his company came on top of the list of projects established by young men below the age of 30. In 2016, Ahmed embarked on his own project and established a center providing language assistance services for migrants and people with special needs. Shortly

Palestinians of Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Urgent Action by PLO

Palestinians of Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Urgent Action by PLO

Published date : 19-01-2020

Palestinian refugees have called on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to live up to its political and moral obligations regarding their unending cries for help. In appeals emailed to AGPS, activists quoted Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk Camp as stating that their humanitarian condition is going from bad to worse due to the absence of relief assistance, price leap, steep

Despite Hardship, Palestinian Refugee Students in Northern Syria Achieve Excellent Results

Despite Hardship, Palestinian Refugee Students in Northern Syria Achieve Excellent Results

Published date : 18-01-2020

A number of displaced Palestinian students who have been taking shelter in poorly-equipped tents north of Syria have achieved outstanding academic results, despite the traumatic effects of the Syrian warfare and displacement. Third year secondary school student Amal Issa, displaced from Yarmouk Camp, received a score of 1,160 out of 1,200 marks during the first semester of the

Palestinian Woman Aesha AlKafri Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 7th Year

Palestinian Woman Aesha AlKafri Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 7th Year

Published date : 15-01-2020

Palestinian refugee Aesha Mohamed AlKafri, born in 1968, has been secretly incarcerated in Syrian government jails for seven years running. Aesha, a resident of Palestine Street in Yarmouk refugee camp, was kidnapped by government forces at the Batikha checkpoint in mid-2013. Her condition and whereabouts could not be identified. AGPS documented the secret detention of over 1,760 Palestinian refugees

Palestinian University Student Missing in Damascus

Palestinian University Student Missing in Damascus

Published date : 12-01-2020

Palestinian university student Omran Ahmad AlAzoun, from Yarmouk Camp, has gone missing in Damascus after he walked out of the College Of Mechanical And Electrical Engineering on way to the Faculty of Law to apply for delaying compulsory military service. His family said his condition and whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. Updated data by AGPS indicates that 331 Palestinian

Nightmare of Devastation in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp Haunts Palestinian Schoolchildren

Nightmare of Devastation in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp Haunts Palestinian Schoolchildren

Published date : 12-01-2020

Palestinian refugees in Syria have to walk past the debris of war everyday to reach their schools in nearby suburbs, enduring a scary journey that never ceases to remind them of the weight of displacement, hardship and the loss of loved ones. Citing the examples of seventh-graders Sondous and Zahra’a, from Yarmouk refugee camp, UNRWA said students walk past devastated

New Novel Narrates Plight of Palestinians of Yarmouk Camp

New Novel Narrates Plight of Palestinians of Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 11-01-2020

Palestinian writer and critic Nardine Abbas Matar Abu Nabaa released her novel entitled “Seven Hard Years”, published by Dar ElMarafa in Cairo. The novel narrates the plight of displacement and deportation wrought on Palestinian refugees. It tells the story of a Palestinian family that witnessed the atrocities of the blockade imposed on Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, before they fled the

Palestinian Family Distressed as 2 Sons Drown on Migration Route

Palestinian Family Distressed as 2 Sons Drown on Migration Route

Published date : 11-01-2020

Palestinian youths Mohamed and Muayad Khaled Dalati, from Yarmouk Camp, were pronounced dead after they drowned off the Aegean coast, trying to reach Europe. The refugees boarded a migrant vessel bound for Europe. Mohamed was pronounced dead last week. Muayad had been reported missing before learned sources confirmed his death. On Monday, January 6, eight migrants died after a migrant

Yarmouk Children Join Schools outside Their Camp

Yarmouk Children Join Schools outside Their Camp

Published date : 09-01-2020

Palestinian children taking refuge in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, have joined their schools in AlZahira area after Yarmouk schools were damaged in the warfare. Education chief in Yarmouk Camp, Walid AlKurdi, said schoolchildren have been transferred to their schools outside the camp since January 5 in cooperation with the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR). Available data by UNRWA

Cash-Stripped Palestinian Refugees Deprived of UNRWA Aid North of Syria

Cash-Stripped Palestinian Refugees Deprived of UNRWA Aid North of Syria

Published date : 08-01-2020

Palestinian refugees in northern Syria continue to rail against the apathy maintained by the UN Works and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) regarding their appeals for urgent humanitarian assistance. Palestinian families who have been displaced from Yarmouk and Khan Eshieh refugee camps along with Rif Dimashq to the northern Syrian provinces of Idlib and Aleppo said they have been

Palestinian Activist Urges Palestinian Refugees to Wage Legal Battle to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Activist Urges Palestinian Refugees to Wage Legal Battle to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 08-01-2020

Palestinian lawyer Nour AlDeen AlSaman, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, called on Palestinian refugees who used to take shelter in the camp to file lawsuits in order to return to their homes and retrieve their properties. AlSaman’s calls came in response to the reluctance maintained by local authorities in Damascus regarding the residents’ ongoing appeals to rehabilitate infrastructure and allow

Palestinian Brother Drowns off Aegean Coast, Brother Missing

Palestinian Brother Drowns off Aegean Coast, Brother Missing

Published date : 08-01-2020

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Khaled Dalati, raised in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, was pronounced dead after he drowned off the Aegean seashore. His brother Khaled has gone missing. The refugees boarded a migrant vessel bound for Europe. AGPS could not identify the details of the trip and the nationalities of the missing migrants. On Monday, January 6, eight migrants died after a

Palestinian Woman Wahiba Abu Jamous Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail

Palestinian Woman Wahiba Abu Jamous Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Jail

Published date : 07-01-2020

Palestinian refugee Wahiba Muhy AlDeen Abu Jamous, from Yarmouk Camp, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government prisons for nearly five years. Wahiba along with her husband and two kids were kidnapped by Syrian security forces at AlAridha checkpoint on November 13, 2015, on her way back from Lebanon to Syria. The family took shelter in Ein AlHilweh

2 Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp Pronounced Dead in Idlib

2 Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp Pronounced Dead in Idlib

Published date : 07-01-2020

Two Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk Camp were killed in the northern Syrian province of Idlib after they fought alongside the Syrian opposition groups against government forces. Their names have been kept secret by AGPS over security concerns. AGPS has documented the death of 1,444 Palestinian residents of Yarmouk Camp since the outbreak of hostilities in Syria.

35 Palestinian Members of Fatah AlIntifada Group Killed in Syria’s Warfare

35 Palestinian Members of Fatah AlIntifada Group Killed in Syria’s Warfare

Published date : 03-01-2020

AGPS documented the death of 35 Palestine refugees affiliated with Fatah AlIntifada group, as they fought alongside the Syrian government forces across the war-torn country. The list includes gunmen who died in fierce shootouts with ISIS and AlNusra Front in Yarmouk Camp. Others were pronounced dead in Harasta and AlKabon, in Rif Dimashq, and in Deir AlZor, east of Syria

Relief Aids Handed Over to Displaced Palestinian Families North of Syria

Relief Aids Handed Over to Displaced Palestinian Families North of Syria

Published date : 02-01-2020

The Palestinians of Syria Commission for Relief and Development distributed fuel supplies to families displaced from Maarat AlNomen to Harnaboush town, north of Syria. The charity also installed 16 residential makeshift tents to displaced families. Along similar lines, Khayra Ummah Association, in partnership with HandinHand – Germany embarked on an emergency relief project for displaced families in northern Syria. Winter

4,013 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Pronounced Dead until End of 2019

4,013 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Pronounced Dead until End of 2019

Published date : 02-01-2020

AGPS has documented the death of 4,013 Palestinian refugees from Syria, including hundreds of women and children, since 2011, as a result of war-related incidents. AGPS found out that hundreds of refugees were killed under shelling and hundreds of others were fatally gunned down. At least 614 refugees were tortured to death in Syrian dungeons while 205 others died

DFLP: 75% of Palestinian Refugees in Syria Fled their Camps

DFLP: 75% of Palestinian Refugees in Syria Fled their Camps

Published date : 01-01-2020

Member of the political bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) in Syria, Hasan Abdul Hamid, said the warfare led to the displacement of 58% of Palestinian refugees from their camps and residential communities. He said up to 370,000 Palestinian refugees have gone displaced from their camps in Syria; 200,000 others have become internally

Fuel Supplies Distributed to Displaced Palestinian Families North of Syria

Fuel Supplies Distributed to Displaced Palestinian Families North of Syria

Published date : 31-12-2019

The Palestinians of Syria Commission for Relief and Development handed over fuel supplies to 188 Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk and Khan Eshieh refugee camps to the northern Syrian province of Idlib. The move makes part of the “Be Their Warmth” campaign kick-started in early 2019. Hundreds of displaced Palestinian families taking refuge in northern Syria continue to raise concerns

178 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Missing in War-Torn Syria

178 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 31-12-2019

178 Palestinian residents of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, have gone missing in Syria since the outburst of the conflict. Updated data by AGPS indicates that 331 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women and girls, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare. Several other Palestinians have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian government penitentiaries, according to testimonies by ex-prisoners

Proposed Rehabilitation Plan Seeks to Alter Demographic Character of Yarmouk Camp

Proposed Rehabilitation Plan Seeks to Alter Demographic Character of Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 30-12-2019

Reports have emerged on social media networks about a new organizational plan for Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, which aims at altering the camp’s demographic identity. A Palestinian engineer published a copy of the new plan on his Facebook account, saying the chart shows no intention of facilitating civilians’ return to their homes. Red squares figuring on the

Palestinian Refugees Take Part in Qudsaya Workshop

Palestinian Refugees Take Part in Qudsaya Workshop

Published date : 27-12-2019

The Danish Red Cross and the Charity Commission for Relief of Palestinian People concluded a vocational training program in Qudsaya area, in Rif Dimashq. Over 20 female Palestinian refugees joined the event. Some 6,000 Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, continue to face dire socio-economic conditions in Qudsaya.

80-Year-old Palestinian Woman Homeless in Lebanon

80-Year-old Palestinian Woman Homeless in Lebanon

Published date : 27-12-2019

Palestinian refugee Umm Khaled, aged 86, has gone homeless in the Lebanese territories, to which she fled from war-torn Syria. Umm Khaled, who used to take shelter in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp, has been left on her own in an eight-meter room in AlSindibad camp, in Lebanon’s AlBekaa region. During winter, heavy rain often creeps into her room, leaving her

244 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Secretly Locked Up in Syrian Jails

244 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Secretly Locked Up in Syrian Jails

Published date : 24-12-2019

244 Palestinian residents of Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, have been secretly held in Syrian dungeons. The list includes 23 women. AGPS continues to urge the Syrian authorities to reveal the condition and whereabouts of hundreds of Palestinians who have been enduring mysterious fates in government-run lock-ups. AGP also documented the death of 556 Palestinians under torture in Syrian government

Displaced Palestinian Woman in Lebanon Appeals for Urgent Treatment

Displaced Palestinian Woman in Lebanon Appeals for Urgent Treatment

Published date : 22-12-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Izdihar Taleb Helal said she has been left without medical treatment for three months and has been unable to purchase much-needed medicines. Izdihar was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy (she had both breasts surgically removed) at the Madhloum Hospital in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in early 2019. A number of relief

Palestinian Ex-Detainee Ahmad Khamis Held in Syrian Gov’t Prison for 6th Month

Palestinian Ex-Detainee Ahmad Khamis Held in Syrian Gov’t Prison for 6th Month

Published date : 22-12-2019

Palestinian ex-prisoner Ahmad Khamis, who had been released from Israeli jails as part of an Israel-Russian swap deal, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syria’s state-run prisons for the 6th consecutive month. Sometime earlier, informed sources told AGPS that Khamis has been subjected to exhaustive interrogation by Syrian intelligence officers after he was transferred from an Israeli jail to

Palestinian Refugee Kadri Ismail Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Govt for 4th Year

Palestinian Refugee Kadri Ismail Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Govt for 4th Year

Published date : 19-12-2019

Palestinian refugee Kadri Subhi Ismail, aged 49, has been held in Syrian government prisons since June 18, 2015. Kadri, a resident of Aleppo province, was kidnapped by Syrian security forces as he passed through a checkpoint in Yarmouk refugee camp. His condition and whereabouts could not be identified. 1,769 Palestinian refugees, including 108 women and girls, have been locked

Palestinian and Syrian Families Flee Deadly Shelling in Northern Syria

Palestinian and Syrian Families Flee Deadly Shelling in Northern Syria

Published date : 19-12-2019

Dozens of Palestinian and Syrian families have fled Idlib and nearby zones due to the heavy air strikes launched by Syrian and Russian fighter jets. Over the past week, Syrian and Russian forces have carried out daily air strikes on and around Idlib province, north of Syria, leaving dozens of civilians, mostly women and children, dead. An AGPS reporter said

Palestinian Refugee Talal Nizar Kilani Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Refugee Talal Nizar Kilani Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 18-12-2019

The family of Palestinian refugee Talel Nizar Kilani, born in 1971, continues to appeal for information over the condition and whereabouts of their missing relative. A resident of AlMansoura Street in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, Talal disappeared in 2012 on his way out of the camp. His fate and location could not be identified. AGPS statistics indicate that 329 Palestinian

615 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails

615 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails

Published date : 18-12-2019

Palestinian refugee Mohamed AlSirsawi, aged 50, has died under torture in a Syrian prison. His family was updated on his death a few days ago. He was a resident of Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus. Mohamed’s death brings the toll of victims of torture among Palestinian refugees in Syria to 615. AGPS estimates the real number to be far higher

Palestinian Author Ahmad Jamil AlHasan Passes Away

Palestinian Author Ahmad Jamil AlHasan Passes Away

Published date : 17-12-2019

Palestinian writer Ahmed Jamil AlHasan died on Sunday, December 15, in Damascus, at the age of 63. The writer was born in 1957, in the village of Sila Al-Harithiya, in Jenin. He had pursued his studies in the Jenin refugee camp before he moved to Irbid in Jordan with his family. He finished his primary education studies at UNRWA schools

7 Years On, Tragic Traces of ‘Mig Massacre’ Still Present in Yarmouk Camp

7 Years On, Tragic Traces of ‘Mig Massacre’ Still Present in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 17-12-2019

December 16, 2019 marks the seventh anniversary of the so-called “Mig Massacre”, also known as “Abdul Kader AlHusaini massacre”, in reference to the onslaughts launched by the Syrian fighter jets on Abdul Kader AlHusaini Mosque, in Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. At the time of the attack, the mosque served as a shelter for hundreds of families who

Winter Clothes Handed Over to Displaced Palestinian Students in Syria

Winter Clothes Handed Over to Displaced Palestinian Students in Syria

Published date : 16-12-2019

The General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees, in partnership with UNRWA, distributed 175 boxes comprising winter clothes for displaced Palestinian schoolchildren in Sahnaya, in Rif Dimashq. Hundreds of families displaced from Yarmouk refugee camp and other areas around Damascus have been subjected to a squalid humanitarian condition. Most of them have been living below the poverty line and deprived of

Palestinian Official:  Families’ Return to Yarmouk Camp Hinges on National Unity

Palestinian Official: Families’ Return to Yarmouk Camp Hinges on National Unity

Published date : 13-12-2019

Education chief in Yarmouk Camp Walid AlKurdi said the return of displaced families to their homes in Yarmouk Camp requires unified positions by national Palestinian factions. In statements posted on his Facebook account, AlKurdi urged Palestinian political leaders to combine forces and work on alleviating the agony of the displaced Palestinian families. He said the Syrian government welcomes all attempts

Wood Bundles Distributed in Refugee Camps North of Syria

Wood Bundles Distributed in Refugee Camps North of Syria

Published date : 12-12-2019

The Melhem charity distributed heating wood to 1,100 displaced Palestinian and Syrian families in Deir Ballout and AlMuhammadiya refugee camps, in Efrin, in Jindires area. Hundreds of Palestinian families have been struggling for survival in the poorly-equipped Deir Ballout and Muhammadiya camps, after they were forced out of Yarmouk and southern Damascus towns. For many displaced Palestinian refugees, the

UNRWA’s Acting Commissioner-General Shows Up in Syria’s AlSabina Camp for Palestinian Refugees

UNRWA’s Acting Commissioner-General Shows Up in Syria’s AlSabina Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 12-12-2019

Acting Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Christian Saunders, paid a visit to Sabina camp in Rif Damshq, previously an embattled area to the south of Damascus to which Palestine refugees have returned. Saunders toured UNRWA installations and met with representatives of the UNRWA school parliament. “Dream big, keep

Reconstruction Plan Announced in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Reconstruction Plan Announced in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 12-12-2019

Syria’s Prime Minister Imad Khamis said that the organizational plan for Yarmouk refugee camp and Qaboun area will be announced at the beginning of 2020. In a meeting held on Thursday, December 10, Khamis pointed out that the rehabilitation plans for both Yarmouk camp and Qaboun area will be announced on January 2, 2020, following a meticulous study of the

Wood Heaters Distributed to Displaced Palestinian Refugees North of Syria

Wood Heaters Distributed to Displaced Palestinian Refugees North of Syria

Published date : 10-12-2019

The Melhem Charity distributed firewood heaters to about 1,100 Palestinian and Syrian families in the Deir Ballout and Muhammadiyah refugee camps in Efrin, in Jindires area, north of Syria. Dozens of families displaced from Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus have been struggling for survival in impoverished refugee camps set up north of Syria, amid a striking apathy by the

Palestinian Brothers Tortured to Death in Syrian Govt Jails

Palestinian Brothers Tortured to Death in Syrian Govt Jails

Published date : 10-12-2019

AGPS kept record of dozens of cases of secret internment and fatal torture of members of same family in Syrian government prisons. One such case occurred on April 28, 2014, when three Palestinian brothers from the Hamdan family, sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, were pronounced dead as a result of torture. Three sisters from Saad AlDeen family, sheltered in AlRaml Camp

Palestinian Refugee Comes 4th in Dubai Bodybuilding Championship

Palestinian Refugee Comes 4th in Dubai Bodybuilding Championship

Published date : 09-12-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Shadi Ahmad AlFar won the fourth place in the “Mr” contest and the fifth in the 100 kgs competition as part of the Dubai bodybuilding championship staged at the Dubai Muscle Show which took place on 5-7 December 2019 at Dubai Trade Centre. Shadi fled Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp in 2012 to AlZahira, in Damascus, before

Palestinian Refugee Abdul Kader Alyan Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Govt for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Abdul Kader Alyan Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Govt for 7th Year

Published date : 08-12-2019

Palestinian refugee Abdul Kader Alyan has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government dungeons, where he has been held for over seven years. Alyan, affiliated with the Islamic Jihad-Palestine, was kidnapped by the government troops from his home in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. AGPS kept record of the secret internment of 1,769 Palestinian refugees in Syrian government

Palestinian Brothers Omar and Muntassar Ghunayem Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 6th Year

Palestinian Brothers Omar and Muntassar Ghunayem Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 6th Year

Published date : 07-12-2019

Palestinian brothers Omar and Muntassar Ahmed Ghunayem, residents of Yarmouk camp, have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian government prisons since 2013. Omar, born in 1995, was arrested at a government checkpoint at the main entrance to Yarmouk. Montassar, born in 1990, was arrested at a Dummar checkpoint, in Damascus. Their condition and whereabouts could not be identified. AGPS documented

UNRWA’s Acting Commissioner General Shows Up in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

UNRWA’s Acting Commissioner General Shows Up in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 07-12-2019

Acting Commissioner-General of the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Christian Saunders, toured Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. Accompanied with a delegation from the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR), Saunders inspected the damage inflicted on the camp and on UNRWA schools and premises in the warfare. As

Winter Clothes Distributed to Palestinian Orphans in Damascus

Winter Clothes Distributed to Palestinian Orphans in Damascus

Published date : 05-12-2019

The Charity Commission for Relief of the Palestinian people handed over winter garments to 120 Palestinian orphans from Yarmouk camp and other Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. The move comes as part of the group’s attempts to assist Palestinian refugees worst affected by the Syrian conflict with the advent of winter season. According to relief officers, other orphans will receive

Palestinian Refugee Muhammad Amayri Secretly Jailed in Syria for 8th Year

Palestinian Refugee Muhammad Amayri Secretly Jailed in Syria for 8th Year

Published date : 05-12-2019

Palestinian refugee Muhammad Amayri has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian state prisons for the eighth year running. Muhammad, a resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus, was kidnapped by the Syrian government forces on June 2, 2012. An ex-detainee said he had last seen him on September 11, 2013 at the Air Force prison in

Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Information over Fate of  Forcibly-Disappeared Mother

Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Information over Fate of Forcibly-Disappeared Mother

Published date : 02-12-2019

The family of Palestinian refugee Shamsah Rashdan Mohamed Rashdan, aged 63, continues to appeal for information over the condition and whereabouts of their missing elderly relative along with her daughter Asia Mohamed Sa’id Kweider, 22. The mother and her daughter have been secretly held in Syrian government prisons since April 23, 2013. A daughter of Shamsah said her siblings, residents

Humanitarian Condition of Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon Deteriorating

Humanitarian Condition of Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon Deteriorating

Published date : 01-12-2019

Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon continue to express deep concern over their fate in the midst of the large-scale protests sweeping the Lebanese territories for over 40 days to topple the incumbent government. Speaking with AGPS, Palestinian refugee Ali Maatouq, displaced from Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to Lebanon’s AlBekaa region, said: “We’ve been the victims of undernourishment, cold, and displacement

Palestinian Doctor Nizar Kassab Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Doctor Nizar Kassab Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 29-11-2019

Palestinian refugee Nizar Jawdat Kassab has been secretly jailed in Syria for the eighth year running. Nizar, a genitourinary surgeon, was arrested at a government checkpoint pitched near Yarmouk’s entrance on December 16, 2012. Palestinian medics and relief activists have been permanently targeted by the Syrian government forces on claims of assisting opposition affiliates. Several relief workers and volunteers died

Int’l Delegation Shows Up in Southern Damascus

Int’l Delegation Shows Up in Southern Damascus

Published date : 28-11-2019

A delegation of the International Red Cross and the Syrian Red Crescent paid a visit to AlHajar AlAswad neighborhood, near Yarmouk Camp, where thousands of Palestinian refugees used to take shelter. The visit reportedly aims at setting the framework for aid distribution and infrastructure rehabilitation so as to pave the way for civilians’ safe return to their homes. Families wishing

19 UNRWA Staff Members Killed, Dozens Forcibly Disappeared in War-Torn Syria

19 UNRWA Staff Members Killed, Dozens Forcibly Disappeared in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 28-11-2019

To date, 19 UNRWA staff members have perished as a result of the Syrian conflict and several others are missing and/or detained, said UNRWA’s Acting Commissioner-General Christian Saunders in an annual report read out before the UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee earlier this month. In earlier reports, UNRWA said staff members were killed as a result of shelling, sniper attacks

Palestinian Refugee Rami Afif Qasem Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Refugee Rami Afif Qasem Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 27-11-2019

The family of Palestinian refugee from Syria Rami Afif Kasem appealed to the national and international human rights institutions to work on identifying the condition and whereabouts of their missing relative. In appeals emailed to AGPS, the family said Rami disappeared on December 29, 2012 on his way back home to AlHajar AlAswad from ALZahira in Damascus. 329 Palestinian refugees

Palestinian Doctor Osama Omar Khaled Tortured to Death in Syrian Jail

Palestinian Doctor Osama Omar Khaled Tortured to Death in Syrian Jail

Published date : 27-11-2019

Palestinian doctor Osama Omar AlKhaled, aged 64, died under torture in Syrian government prisons. Osama, a resident of Daraa, south of Syria, and a native of the Palestinian village of Ein Ghazal, got his health condition worsened at the Adra prison, before he was pronounced dead on Monday, November 25, at a Damascus hospital. Doctor Osama was arrested by Syrian

Displaced Palestinian Women Turn to Handicrafts to Provide for Their Families

Displaced Palestinian Women Turn to Handicrafts to Provide for Their Families

Published date : 24-11-2019

A number of Palestinian refugees who were displaced from Syria to Lebanon have got into embroidery to earn a living to feed their children. A so-called Amna who closed her beauty salon in Syria when the war started decided to enroll in an embroidery training, after she was eventually relocated to the Shatila refugee camp in southern Beirut in 2013.  “We are like

Over 300 Palestinian Refugees Killed by Sniper Bullets since Outbreak of Syrian Conflict

Over 300 Palestinian Refugees Killed by Sniper Bullets since Outbreak of Syrian Conflict

Published date : 22-11-2019

AGPS documented the death of 311 Palestinian refugees after they were gunned down by snipers in the war-ravaged Syrian territories, mostly in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. Up to 4,006 Palestinian refugees have been pronounced dead in the Syrian warfare, according to AGPS figures.

Displaced Palestinians Rally in Deir Ballout Camp over Dire Conditions

Displaced Palestinians Rally in Deir Ballout Camp over Dire Conditions

Published date : 21-11-2019

Displaced Palestinian refugees rallied outside of the office the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) in Deir Ballout camp, north of Syria, protesting their deteriorating living conditions in the poorly-equipped facility. The refugees called on AFAD staff members to take up their responsibilities regarding the squalid conditions they have been struggling with the poverty-stricken area. They further urged the international human

Palestinian Refugee Wins Best Photographer Award in Syria

Palestinian Refugee Wins Best Photographer Award in Syria

Published date : 20-11-2019

Palestinian photographer Mootaz AlMawed, from Yarmouk camp, in Damascus, won the press photo contest, held by the General Sports Federation in Syria on November 18 as part of the 2019 Golden Pen Competition. Mootaz told the Syrian news agency SANA that his success in the competition will encourage him to make many other steps forward and to take part in

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Hamdan Secretly Held in Syrian Govt Jail

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Hamdan Secretly Held in Syrian Govt Jail

Published date : 20-11-2019

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Mustafa Hamdan has been locked up in Syrian government prisons for the 6th consecutive year. Mohamed, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, was arrested by Syrian security forces on August 31, 2013 as he passed through the Maliha checkpoint, in Eastern Ghouta. His condition and whereabouts could not be identified. AGPS documented the secret detention of 1,768

15 PLA Fighters Pronounced Dead following Break-Away from Pro-Gov’t Forces

15 PLA Fighters Pronounced Dead following Break-Away from Pro-Gov’t Forces

Published date : 19-11-2019

15 members of the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) were pronounced dead after they broke away from the battalion. Several others were tortured to death in Syrian government jails. The list includes Lieutenant Iyas Naimi, who died under shelling in Yarmouk Camp on July 30, 2013. Seven others died under torture: Handball coach Osama AlKhadra, Sergeant Muhammad Hamdan, Commander Mohammed Farah

Cash-Stripped Palestinian Woman in Northern Syria Appeals for Humanitarian Action

Cash-Stripped Palestinian Woman in Northern Syria Appeals for Humanitarian Action

Published date : 19-11-2019

A displaced Palestinian woman in northern Syria who suffers from a leg disease said she has been unable to secure treatment fees in the poverty-stricken area. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the refugee denounced the absence of financial support by UNRWA, saying she suffers from an unstable knee joint and anterior cruciate ligament tear, according to medical checks carried out

Palestinian Refugee Yaser Kareem Released from Syria Jail

Palestinian Refugee Yaser Kareem Released from Syria Jail

Published date : 18-11-2019

Palestinian refugee Yaser Kareem was released from a Syrian government prison, where he had been held along with other Palestinians displaced from Yarmouk Camp to Yalda town, south of Damascus, after they were arrested in early April. Yaser and the other refugees were rounded up by Syrian security forces after they were summoned to questioning by reconciliation committees at the

NGO Carries Out Reconstruction Works in Atama Camp North of Syria

NGO Carries Out Reconstruction Works in Atama Camp North of Syria

Published date : 15-11-2019

Bonyan Foundation has laid asphalt concrete on a number of access roads and sidewalks in Atama refugee camp, in Idlib’s northern outskirts, north of Syria, in order to smooth civilians’ movement, particularly during winter. Sometime earlier, the association had embarked on the installation of aquaporins in the camp, saying three water channels will be repaired so as to avoid water

Palestinian Girl from Syria among Top 4 Candidates in Dubai Reading Contest

Palestinian Girl from Syria among Top 4 Candidates in Dubai Reading Contest

Published date : 14-11-2019

Palestinian student from Syria Sirine Fawaz Mohamed, from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, won the Arab Reading Challenge in the Netherlands. Syrine also snatched the fourth seat in Dubai’s fourth Arab Reading Challenge, beating thousands of candidates from across the Arab world. Syrine said the competition revived her sense of belonging to the Arab world in a country where the study of

2 Palestinian Refugees Killed in Israeli Strike on Damascus

2 Palestinian Refugees Killed in Israeli Strike on Damascus

Published date : 13-11-2019

Palestinian refugees Abdullah Yousef Hasan and Muadh AlAJouri were killed on Tuesday and six others, including a child, were wounded after the Israeli occupation forces slammed missiles into a residential apartment in AlMezzeh area, in Damascus. Local sources said three Israeli missiles hit the home of Islamic Jihad leader Akram AlAjouri, resulting in heavy material damage and the death of

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Ibrahim Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Ibrahim Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 12-11-2019

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Ibrahim Ibrahim, called Abu Nasser, has been secretly held in Syrian government prisons for the fourth consecutive year. Mohamed, born on January 1, 1982, was arrested at a checkpoint in Street 30, in Yarmouk Camp, on February 18, 2012. His condition and whereabouts could not be identified. AGPS has documented the secret incarceration of 1,768 Palestinian

Palestinian Toddler in Lebanon on Verge of Death

Palestinian Toddler in Lebanon on Verge of Death

Published date : 12-11-2019

A Palestinian family who was displaced from Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to the southern Lebanese city of Sur has appealed to the international humanitarian institutions to take urgent action in order to save their eight-day-old newborn. The family said their toddler suffers from a hemorrhage caused by a circumcision surgery (the removal of the foreskin from the human penis) he

Damascus Governor: Law 10 Inapplicable in Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees

Damascus Governor: Law 10 Inapplicable in Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees

Published date : 11-11-2019

Member of Damascus Executive Office Samir Jazerli said the old Yarmouk Camp has a legal specificity and is directly supervised by the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees. Therefore, property owenrship in the camp can only be proved by means of official documents, including a residence permit or a court order. Given the above mentioned conditions, Law 10, which allows

3 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails in October

3 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails in October

Published date : 10-11-2019

AGPS identified the names of three Palestinian refugees who died under torture in Syrian state-run prisons over October. Fadi Fuad AlSoutari, from Yarmouk Camp, along with Sa’id Mustafa Amrein and Ziad Lutfi Amrein. They had been secretly detained for years, before they were pronounced dead. According to AGPS data, some 611 Palestinian refugees were tortured to death in Syria’s state

Palestinian Refugee Arrested by Turkish Police

Palestinian Refugee Arrested by Turkish Police

Published date : 06-11-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Ahmad Hasan Abdul Wahab, displaced from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, has been detained by Turkish police after he failed to obtain the kimlik temporary protection card. His family has appealed to the Palestinian embassy and activists to push for his release from Turkish custody and prevent his forced deportation. Hundreds of Palestinian families from Syria continue to

Palestinian Brothers Amar and Khaled Jumu’a Held in Syrian Gov’t Jails for 6th Year

Palestinian Brothers Amar and Khaled Jumu’a Held in Syrian Gov’t Jails for 6th Year

Published date : 04-11-2019

Palestinian brothers from Syria Ammar Jumu’a Ibrahim, aged 34, and Khaled Jumu’a Ibrahim, 40, have been incarcerated in Syrian government penitentiaries since September 2013. Both refugees, residents of Yarmouk Camp, were arrested as they passed through the government-run Sabina checkpoint. Their fate has been shrouded in mystery. Several Palestinian siblings and members of same families got tortured to death in

Dozens of Palestinian Journalists Killed, Detained in War-Torn Syria

Dozens of Palestinian Journalists Killed, Detained in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 03-11-2019

In statistics released on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists observed annually on 2 November, AGPS has kept record of the murder of a number of Palestinian journalists and the forced disappearance of others in war-torn Syria. AGPS has documented the death of 18 Palestinian journalists since the outburst of deadly hostilities in March 2011, among them

AGPS: 484 Female Palestinian Refugees Killed, 40 Missing in War-Torn Syria

AGPS: 484 Female Palestinian Refugees Killed, 40 Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 01-11-2019

AGPS has documented the death of 484 Palestinian women and girls all the way through Syria’s eight-year conflict, making 16% of the overall death toll for the period from March 2011 to October 2019. The list includes 240 female refugees who died under shelling; 68 who died as a result of the blockade and medical neglect in Yarmouk Camp; and

Syrian Company Proposes Reconstructing Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees in 15 Years

Syrian Company Proposes Reconstructing Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees in 15 Years

Published date : 29-10-2019

The General Company for Technical Studies and Consultations, which has been tasked with preparing an organizational plan for Yarmouk Camp, has put forth a three-phase reconstruction proposal which it said takes an estimated time-span of 15 years. The first phase of the plan is devoted to reconstructing areas with the highest damage rate; the second phase seeks to rehabilitate moderately-damaged

180 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Missing in War-Torn Syria

180 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 28-10-2019

180 Palestinian residents of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, have gone missing in Syria since the outburst of the conflict. Updated data by AGPS indicates that 329 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women and girls, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare. Several other Palestinians have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian government penitentiaries, according to testimonies by ex-prisoners

Palestinian Doctor Hayel Hamid Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 8th Year

Palestinian Doctor Hayel Hamid Forcibly Disappeared in Syria for 8th Year

Published date : 27-10-2019

Palestinian medic Hayel Hamid has been forcibly disappeared in Syrian government prisons for the eight-consecutive year. He was kidnapped on August 13, 2012 from his clinic in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, on charges of treating wounded persons. Hayel, born in 1948 in Dalata in occupied Palestine, worked as a professor at the Damascus Faculty of Medicine and assumed duties

40 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

40 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 27-10-2019

40 Palestinian women and girls have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict. The list includes nine refugees from Yarmouk Camp and 10 from AlTadhamun neighborhood. According to activists, several abductions were carried under the security guise. Arrestees’ families have often been subjected to blackmail and extortion. Over 329 Palestinian refugees, male and female, have gone missing in

4 Palestinian Refugees Arrested in Southern Damascus Manhunt

4 Palestinian Refugees Arrested in Southern Damascus Manhunt

Published date : 26-10-2019

Four Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk Camp were arrested in a security campaign targeting dozens of civilians in southern Damascus. According to Sawt AlAsima news network, over 35 young men were rounded up in Yalda, Babila, and Beit Sahem towns, south of Damascus, in an arrest sweep launched by Syrian intelligence officers. Syrian security forces escorted by military patrols ransacked dozens

329 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

329 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 25-10-2019

329 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women and girls, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare, AGPS has found out. Most of those who have disappeared in the country are residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. Activists have accused pro-government militias of targeting Palestinians in arbitrary abduction sweeps carried out under the security guise

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Released from Turkish Custody

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Released from Turkish Custody

Published date : 24-10-2019

The Turkish police released Palestinian refugee from Syria Emad Abu Zeid, born in 1967, after he had been kept in custody for over 15 days in Izmir province. Palestinian refugee from Syria Emad Ahmad AlSaadani, born in 1995, has, however, been held in a Turkish detention center for over 15 days. Over recent days, activists have urged the Turkish authorities

1st Phase of Yarmouk’s Rehabilitation Plan Finalized

1st Phase of Yarmouk’s Rehabilitation Plan Finalized

Published date : 23-10-2019

Director-General of the General Company for Studies and Technical Consultations, Dr. Yasar Abdeen, said on Monday that the company has finalized the first phase of the organizational plan for Kabon and Yarmouk Camp. He added that the company is considering studying an organizational plan for AlHajar AlAswad area, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp. Activists and civilians in Yarmouk continue to urge

Calls Launched for Releasing Palestinians Detained in Turkey

Calls Launched for Releasing Palestinians Detained in Turkey

Published date : 23-10-2019

Activists have urged the Turkish authorities to release Palestinian refugees from Syria Emad Ahmad AlSaadani, born in 1995, and Emad Abu Zeid, born in 1967, who have been held in Turkish custody for over 15 days. An AGPS correspondent said both refugees, residents of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, were arrested by Turkish security forces in Izmir province after they illegally

AGPS: Over 4,000 Palestinian Refugees Pronounced Dead in War-Torn Syria

AGPS: Over 4,000 Palestinian Refugees Pronounced Dead in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 22-10-2019

AGPS has documented the death of 4,002 Palestinian refugees in Syria, including 478 women and girls, since 2011 as a result of war-related incidents. 1,987 refugees were pronounced dead in 2019 (until October 21), up from 1,953 in 2018. Yarmouk Camp topped the list with 1,457 casualties, followed by Daraa Camp with 266 victims, 203 in

On Int’l Day for Eradication of Poverty, Palestinian Refugees Enduring Extreme Poverty in Syria

On Int’l Day for Eradication of Poverty, Palestinian Refugees Enduring Extreme Poverty in Syria

Published date : 20-10-2019

Data released by AGPS on the occasion of the 27th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed by the United Nations General Assembly on 17 October, indicates that the majority of Palestinian refugees in Syria have been living below the poverty line. A vulnerability assessment conducted by UNRWA in December 2017 estimated that 90 per cent of Palestine refugee households in

Palestinian Refugee Heavily Beaten by Greek Police in Samos Island

Palestinian Refugee Heavily Beaten by Greek Police in Samos Island

Published date : 18-10-2019

Greek police came down heavily on Palestinian refugee from Syria Mustafa Akleh in Samos Island after he showed up in the area to retrieve his belongings. Akleh lived in AlTadhamun neighborhood, in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. Some 900 Palestinian refugees from Syria have sought shelter in the Greek island of Samos, where they have been

Activists Push for Release of Palestinian Refugee from Syria Detained in Turkey

Activists Push for Release of Palestinian Refugee from Syria Detained in Turkey

Published date : 18-10-2019

Activists have launched calls for releasing Palestinian refugee from Syria Ali Husain Sharshara, who has been detained by the Turkish authorities since October 11, 2019. Ali, from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, was arrested by Turkish police as he attempted to illegally enter Greece. Unofficial statistics indicate that 8,000 Palestinians from Syria have sought shelter in Turkey, where they

Palestinian Refugees in Syria Call for Urgent Action by UNRWA

Palestinian Refugees in Syria Call for Urgent Action by UNRWA

Published date : 17-10-2019

Residents of Jaramana Camp for Palestinian refugees have sounded distress signals over their ramshackle humanitarian condition and the poor services made available in the area. In appeals circulated on social media networks, civilians called for much-needed cash aids so they can get through the steep rental costs and price leap. The families further appealed for the reconstruction of destroyed Palestinian

Palestinian Medic Mohamed Abu AlNaaj Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Medic Mohamed Abu AlNaaj Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 17-10-2019

The family of Palestinian doctor Mohamed Omar Abu AlNaaj, born on June 21, 1983 and sheltered in Palestine Street, in Yarmouk Camp, have appealed to the concerned authorities and institutions to work on disclosing the fate of their forcibly disappeared relative. Mohamed’s family said their son’s fate has gone unidentified since mid-February 2013, while on his way to Lebanon to

Palestinian Refugees in Northern Syria Launch Cry for Help with Advent of Winter

Palestinian Refugees in Northern Syria Launch Cry for Help with Advent of Winter

Published date : 15-10-2019

Hundreds of displaced Palestinian families taking refuge in northern Syria continue to raise concerns over their fate as a freezing winter season has been just around the corner. The families continue to lash out at the apathy maintained by UNRWA, the Palestinian Authority, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and all other local and international bodies regarding their tragic situation. Palestinian refugees

Palestinian Doctor Alaa AlDeen Youssef Secretly Held in Syrian Dungeons for 7th Year

Palestinian Doctor Alaa AlDeen Youssef Secretly Held in Syrian Dungeons for 7th Year

Published date : 14-10-2019

Palestinian medic Alaa AlDeen Youssef has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian penitentiaries, where he has been kept for the seventh consecutive year. Neurosurgeon Youssef has been forcibly disappeared since December 25, 2012. He was kidnapped from a checkpoint pitched near the main entrance to Yarmouk Camp. Medical staff and structures in war-torn Syria came under heavy shelling by

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Mohamed locked up in Syrian Gov’t Jails for 6th Year

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Mohamed locked up in Syrian Gov’t Jails for 6th Year

Published date : 13-10-2019

The family of Palestinian refugee Mohamd Mahmoud Mohamed, born in 1976, continues to appeal for information over their forcibly disappeared relative, who has been locked up in Syrian government jails since January 24, 2013. A resident of Yarmouk Camp, the detainee was kidnapped from his workplace in Dumar area, in western Damascus. AGPS documented the secret incarceration of 1,768

On Int’l Day of Girl Child, Palestinian Girls from Syria Continue to Struggle for Self-Empowerment

On Int’l Day of Girl Child, Palestinian Girls from Syria Continue to Struggle for Self-Empowerment

Published date : 13-10-2019

Data released by AGPS on the International Day of the Girl Child, observed annually by the United Nations on October 11, has revealed the strong determination and iron will shown by Palestinian girls in and from Syria despite of the traumatic memories wrought by Syria’s eight-year warfare. The list includes Palestinian girl from Syria Aya Abbas, who was honored in

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t since 2012

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t since 2012

Published date : 12-10-2019

Three Palestinian brothers have been secretly locked up in Syrian government jails for the 7th year running. Two of them turned themselves in to the Syrian authorities after the pro-government Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)--General Command (GC) pledged to work out their situation. Samir Barnawi, born in 1975, was arrested on September 20, 2012, after PFLP-GC turned

Palestinian Child from Syria Snatches Gold in Sweden Judo Contest

Palestinian Child from Syria Snatches Gold in Sweden Judo Contest

Published date : 12-10-2019

Palestinian child from Syria Kays Yehya Ashmawi won the gold medal as part of a Judo competition staged in Skane County, south of Sweden. Raised in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, Kays offered the medal to his friend who received the bronze medal. The young champion said the gesture was sparked by the sadness figuring on his

UNRWA Committee Tasked with Assessing Damage at Yarmouk School

UNRWA Committee Tasked with Assessing Damage at Yarmouk School

Published date : 11-10-2019

UNRWA’s Director of Programs - Syria Field Office, Amanya Michael Ebye said a UNRWA committee is about to see the day in order to assess the damage wrought on AlTabgha School, in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, pending its reconstruction. Yarmouk’s education chief Walid AlKurdi quoted the Director-General of Palestinian Arab Refugees, Ali Mustafa, as calling for urgently rehabilitating

Water Channels Installed in Atama Refugee Camp North of Syria

Water Channels Installed in Atama Refugee Camp North of Syria

Published date : 10-10-2019

Bonyan Foundation has embarked on the installation of aquaporins in Atama refugee camp, in Idlib’s northern outskirts, north of Syria. The group also said three water channels will be repaired so as to avoid water flooding. Asphalt concrete was also laid on a number of access roads to the camp in order to smooth civilians’ movement, particularly during winter. Some

96 Palestinian Refugees Extra-Judicially Executed in War-Torn Syria

96 Palestinian Refugees Extra-Judicially Executed in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 10-10-2019

96 Palestinian refugees have been subjected to extra-judicial executions since the outburst of Syria’s warfare until October 9, 2019, according to AGPS data. The list includes 17 members of the Palestine Liberation Army who were killed just one month after they were kidnapped in mid-2012 on their way back home to AlNeirab Camp in Aleppo from a military site in

Turkey Pushes Back 5 Palestinian Refugees to Syria in 2 Days

Turkey Pushes Back 5 Palestinian Refugees to Syria in 2 Days

Published date : 10-10-2019

Two Palestinian refugees were deported by the Turkish authorities to northern Syria, just a few hours after another three refugees were subjected to a similar fate, Palestinian activists have reported. Palestinian refugees Ahmad Yousef Abu Naser and Othman Mousa Khalil, residents of AlSabina Camp in Rif Dimashq, were arrested a few days ago, before they were forcibly sent back to

Turkey Pushes Back 3 Palestinian Refugees to Northern Syria

Turkey Pushes Back 3 Palestinian Refugees to Northern Syria

Published date : 09-10-2019

Three Palestinian refugees—Mohamed AlZu’bi, Rashed Hejazi, and Udai AlJadaa, from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp—were deported by the Turkish authorities to northern Syria after they were arrested on September 29, 2019, on their way to Greece from Aydın Province, in Turkey's Aegean Region. Activists said that following an altercation, Turkish police officers tore the refugees’ travel documents, including Palestinian Authority passports, UNRWA

Palestinian Refugee Husam Ali AlRefai Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Husam Ali AlRefai Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 08-10-2019

Palestinian refugee Husam Ali AlRefai, born in 1988 and formerly sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, has been incarcerated in Syrian state prisons for six consecutive years. Husam was kidnapped by government troops deployed at a Damascus checkpoint on May 15, 2013. The reasons for his abduction remain mysterious. AGPS documented the secret detention of 1,768 Palestinian refugees, including 108 women and girls, in

AGPS: 16 Palestinian Refugees Detained in Syria in 2018

AGPS: 16 Palestinian Refugees Detained in Syria in 2018

Published date : 08-10-2019

AGPS newly-released annual report documenting the situation of Palestinians of Syria in 2018, said 16 Palestinian refugees, including a woman, were arrested in Syria in 2018, down from 28, including seven women, in 2017. Entitled “Palestinians of Syria: Unending Tragedies”, the report said six Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp, five from Khan Eshieh Camp, one refugee from AlAyedeeen Camp in Hums

Students of Yarmouk Camp to Sign Up for School Transportation

Students of Yarmouk Camp to Sign Up for School Transportation

Published date : 06-10-2019

Walid AlKurdi, the education chief in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, called on families taking shelter in the area to subscribe for school transport for their children enrolled at schools located outside of the camp. AlKurdi said registration at AlJarmak School will be kick-started at 10 a.m. on Sunday, adding that UNRWA will secure means of transport pending the

AGPS Annual Report Sheds Light on Squalid Conditions at Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

AGPS Annual Report Sheds Light on Squalid Conditions at Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 05-10-2019

A newly-released report by AGPS documenting the situation of Palestinians of Syria in 2018 said Yarmouk Camp for Palestine refugees, south of Damascus, has been subjected to serious human rights violations and dire socio-economic conditions. Entitled “Palestinians of Syria: Unending Tragedies”, the report said the sporadic shootouts between ISIS and AlNusra militias, on the one hand, and the Syrian government

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syria, Torture Death Toll Hits 608

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syria, Torture Death Toll Hits 608

Published date : 05-10-2019

Palestinian refugee Fadi Fuad AlSoutari, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, died under torture in Syria’s state-run prisons. His death brings the number of Palestinian victims of torture in Syrian government jails to 608. AGPS calls on the Syrian government to disclose the fate of hundreds of Palestinians forcibly disappeared in state-run dungeons. AGPS believes that the arbitrary internment

Concerns Mount among Palestinian Refugees as Syrian Gov’t Launches Calls for Military Conscription

Concerns Mount among Palestinian Refugees as Syrian Gov’t Launches Calls for Military Conscription

Published date : 04-10-2019

A state of rising fear has overwhelmed Palestinian young men taking refuge in southern Damascus after calls were circulated by the incumbent government for military recruitment. According to Sawt AlAssima news site, a list of 6,000 wanted residents of southern Damascus was released by the government recruitment branch. Concerned men are required to turn themselves in by the end

Palestinian Refugee Maamoun AlJaloudi Forcibly Disappeared in Syria since 2015

Palestinian Refugee Maamoun AlJaloudi Forcibly Disappeared in Syria since 2015

Published date : 03-10-2019

Palestinian refugee Maamoun Besher AlJaloudi has been secretly locked up in Syrian government prisons for the fourth consecutive year. Maamoun was kidnapped by Syrian security forces on June 25, 2015, at a checkpoint pitched between Beit Sahem and Yalda, south of Damascus. His condition and whereabouts remain unknown. Shortly after Maamoun’s arrest, pro-government news outlets in Syria quoted him as

Family of Palestinian Refugee Tareq Abdulatif Appeals for Information

Family of Palestinian Refugee Tareq Abdulatif Appeals for Information

Published date : 02-10-2019

The family of Palestinian refugee Tareq Rateb Abdulatif, born in 1991, have called on the Turkish authorities and international human rights institutions to disclose the fate of their missing relative. In appeals sent to AGPS, the family said Tareq disappeared from Latakia city, in Syria, on May 7, 2013, on his way back from Germany. His condition and whereabouts have

Palestinian Refugee Held in Syrian Dungeons Since 2013

Palestinian Refugee Held in Syrian Dungeons Since 2013

Published date : 30-09-2019

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Salem Ali AlMarkaten, aged 60, has been incarcerated in Syrian government prisons for the sixth year running. Mohamed was kidnapped by the government forces on his way out of Yarmouk Camp and was dragged to an unknown location. His condition and whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. AGPS kept record of the incarceration of 1,768 Palestinians

Palestinian Family in Syria’s Deir Ballout Camp Sounds Distress Signals

Palestinian Family in Syria’s Deir Ballout Camp Sounds Distress Signals

Published date : 30-09-2019

A Palestinian mother displaced with her children from Yarmouk Camp has been enduring an abject humanitarian situation in Deir Ballout refugee camp, in the northern Syrian region of Efrin. The mother said she has been taking cover with her sick husband and traumatized children in an unequipped tent. Speaking with AGPS, Ruba Amayri said she has not find any sources

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Detained at Istanbul Airport

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Detained at Istanbul Airport

Published date : 29-09-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Kasem Rashid Rayan has been detained by the Turkish authorities at Istanbul’s new airport for the sixth consecutive day over allegations of illegal entry. In appeals circulated on social media networks, Kasem’s family called on the Palestinian and international humanitarian and human rights institutions to take urgent action in order to release Kasem and provide him

E-Campaign Denounces Entry-Bans on Palestinian Refugees from Syria

E-Campaign Denounces Entry-Bans on Palestinian Refugees from Syria

Published date : 28-09-2019

Palestinian blogger from Syria Tghrid Dawas has embarked on an online campaign entitled “I am a refugee . . . I am a human being” in an attempt to underscore the heavy burden brought about by “the travel document” which Palestinians from Syria should obtain to gain access to another country. The activist said Palestinians from Syria have been unable to reunite with

Relief Aids Handed Over to Palestinian Refugees North of Syria

Relief Aids Handed Over to Palestinian Refugees North of Syria

Published date : 27-09-2019

The Palestinian-Syrian Authority for Relief and Development distributed meat to displaced Palestinian and Syrian families in northern Syria. According to the organization’s distribution officers, 12,000 families in Idlib’s and Aleppo’s northern outskirts will receive a meat portion (around 2 kgs) each. Hundreds of displaced Palestinian families have been scattered across northern Syria, where they have been taking refuge in

Authorities Okay Reconstruction of Yarmouk School

Authorities Okay Reconstruction of Yarmouk School

Published date : 27-09-2019

The education chief in Yarmouk Camp, Walid AlKurdi, said the Syrian government has signaled the go-ahead for the reconstruction of a UNRWA school in the camp. According to AlKurdi, the move aims at opening up classes for students who walk for long distances every day to reach their schools in AlZahira neighborhood, located outside of the camp. Sometime earlier, Palestinian

Palestinian Refugees Arrested by Turkish Border Cops on Way to Greece

Palestinian Refugees Arrested by Turkish Border Cops on Way to Greece

Published date : 27-09-2019

Turkish border police arrested Palestinian and Syrian migrants as they attempted to cross the border with Greece through Evros River. Palestinian activists said the migrants, who fled Syria’s embattled refugee camps of Yarmouk and Khan Eshieh, were transferred to a camp set up in Edirne, northwest of Turkey, and have been facing a squalid humanitarian condition. Over recent years, Evros

Water Network to Be Repaired in Yarmouk Camp

Water Network to Be Repaired in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 26-09-2019

The General Company for Electricity in Damascus announced on September 24 a bid to carry out emergency excavations and replace damaged power ground wire in Yarmouk in accordance with technical and financial terms and conditions set by local authorities in this regard. In a statement posted on its official website, the Power Company said those wishing to benefit from the

Displaced Families Submit Demands to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Families Submit Demands to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 26-09-2019

Scores of displaced families have submitted applications to return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus. Reporting from Damascus, an AGPS correspondent said dozens of demands have been submitted at Yarmouk municipality and the office of Damascus Governorate by families wishing to gain access to their homes in the camp.

PRC Urges UNHRC to Push for Reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees

PRC Urges UNHRC to Push for Reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees

Published date : 25-09-2019

Director of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) Tareq Hammoud said intensive efforts have been made by PRC’s delegates at the UNHRC to pressurize the Syrian government to embark on the reconstruction of destroyed buildings and facilities in Yarmouk Camp for Palestine refugees, in Damascus. Speaking with Quds Press International news site, Hamoud said civilians’ have been denied access to their

6,000 Displaced Palestinian Families in Qudsaya Facing Squalid Conditions

6,000 Displaced Palestinian Families in Qudsaya Facing Squalid Conditions

Published date : 24-09-2019

Some 6,000 displaced Palestinian families seeking refuge in Qudsaya town, in Rif Dimashq, after they were displaced from Yarmouk and southern Damascus towns, have launched cries for help over their exacerbated humanitarian situation due to the price hike, high unemployment rates, steep rental fees, and the decline in civilians’ purchasing power. According to the residents, furnished homes are rented

Property-Theft Attempts Reported in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Property-Theft Attempts Reported in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 24-09-2019

Flocks of vehicles continue to be reportedly caught stealing furniture from abandoned buildings and in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Over recent years, pro-government militias have been raking through evacuated homes in Yarmouk and holding sway over furniture, copper, iron, and kitchenware belonging to displaced families. Reports of theft have emerged after Syrian government forces grabbed hold of

Palestinian Child in Lebanon Refugee Camp in Need of Urgent Medical Treatment

Palestinian Child in Lebanon Refugee Camp in Need of Urgent Medical Treatment

Published date : 23-09-2019

A Palestinian child who lived in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp before he fled to Beirut’s Burj AlBarajneh refugee camp sustained second-degree burns all over 35% of his body and called for urgent treatment at local hospitals. Activists quoted the child as appealing to the concerned humanitarian institutions to help him secure treatment expenses, estimated at some $690, and another sum of

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails

Published date : 23-09-2019

A Palestinian refugee from Syria’s Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, was pronounced dead as a result of fatal torture in Syrian government prisons, where a total of 608 Palestinian refugees have also been tortured to death. AGPS has kept the victims’ name secret at his family’s request and over security concerns. AGPS kept record of the secret detention of 1,759

PLO Envoy: Yarmouk Camp to Be Rehabilitated Soon

PLO Envoy: Yarmouk Camp to Be Rehabilitated Soon

Published date : 22-09-2019

Director-General of the political department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Ambassador Anwar Abdul Hadi, said there have been “hope-jerking promises” by the Syrian government regarding the reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp for Palestine refugees, in Damascus. In a speech delivered in the presence of popular committees and civilians in Yarmouk Camp, Abdul Hadi said reconstruction plans for Damascus governorate are to

AGPS, PRC Urge UNHRC to Push for Reconstruction of Syria’s Yarmouk Camp

AGPS, PRC Urge UNHRC to Push for Reconstruction of Syria’s Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 20-09-2019

The London-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) and Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) called on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to step up pressure on Syria’s incumbent government in order to press ahead with the reconstruction of destroyed buildings in Yarmouk Camp and allow the displaced families to safely return to their homes. In a statement delivered on

Remembering Palestinian Artist Abu AlRuz Fatally Tortured in Syrian Jail … One Year On

Remembering Palestinian Artist Abu AlRuz Fatally Tortured in Syrian Jail … One Year On

Published date : 17-09-2019

Monday, September 16, marks the first anniversary of the death of Palestinian artist Mohamed Deib Mahmoud Abu AlRuz, nicknamed Abu Ram, who was fatally tortured in Syrian government dungeons. Abu AlRuz, the maestro of the Bisan musical band and a member of Fidaa Association, was arrested in 2013 at the Batikha checkpoint on his way out of Yarmouk Camp. He

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Appeals for Urgent Treatment

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Appeals for Urgent Treatment

Published date : 17-09-2019

A Palestinian refugee from Syria has called upon the International Red Cross Organization and Palestinian Embassy in Turkey, along with the concerned humanitarian institutions, to help him secure fees for his life-saving treatment. Speaking with AGPS on condition of anonymity, a so-called Samir said he left Syria’s Yarmouk Camp with his family in 2018 and sought sheltered in Deir Ballout

4 Palestinian Refugees Arrested by Syrian Security Forces in Rif Dimashq

4 Palestinian Refugees Arrested by Syrian Security Forces in Rif Dimashq

Published date : 16-09-2019

Four Palestinian refugees were detained by Syria’s government forces in a manhunt targeting residents of Qudsaya, in Rif Dimashq. According to Sawt AlAsima news website, a Syrian government patrol arrested on Friday, September 13, two Palestinian youths after they broke into their home in AlSakhriya neighborhood. A squad from the Fourth Division deployed on the outskirts of the city also

Children in Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees Pluck Up Courage & Join Schools

Children in Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees Pluck Up Courage & Join Schools

Published date : 16-09-2019

Despite the traumatic fallouts brought about by Syria’s relentless warfare, Palestinian children sheltered in Yarmouk refugee camp have returned to their schools as of September 3, in a move backed up by the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees. With dozens of families denied access to their homes in the camp and hundreds of school children walking for dozens of

Palestinian Writer Ali AlShehabi Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 7th Year

Palestinian Writer Ali AlShehabi Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 7th Year

Published date : 15-09-2019

Palestinian writer Ali Sa’id Shehabi has been secretly held in Syria government jails for the seventh year running. Shehabi, an English instructor at a UNRWA school, was kidnapped on December 17, 2012. Prior to his abduction, Shehabi had been taking shelter in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. Frequent calls by international NGOs and activists to unearth Shehabi’s fate have gone

Palestinian Refugees Rail Against Security Turmoil in Qudsaya

Palestinian Refugees Rail Against Security Turmoil in Qudsaya

Published date : 13-09-2019

Displaced Palestinian families taking shelter in Qudsaya town, in Rif Dimashq, continue to sound the alarm over the security turmoil overwhelming the area and the heavy deployment of political security forces across residential alleyways. Local activists said a number of young men were arrested by the government security forces in Qudsaya without explainable reasons, amid rising concerns about forced military

UNRWA Rehabilitates Nahaf School in Jaramana Camp for Palestine Refugees

UNRWA Rehabilitates Nahaf School in Jaramana Camp for Palestine Refugees

Published date : 11-09-2019

UNRWA said it has been able to repair and renovate the Nahaf School in Syria’s Jaramana Camp for Palestine refugees thanks to support from the Saudi Fund for Development. The school previously served as a collective shelter for displaced Palestinian refugees and will now welcome hundreds of students back to its halls as part of the 2019-20120 academic year, tweeted

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

Published date : 07-09-2019

Three Palestinian brothers have been secretly locked up in Syrian government jails for the 7th year running. Two of them turned themselves in to the Syrian authorities after the pro-government Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)--General Command (GC) pledged to work out their situation. Samir Barnawi, born in 1975, was arrested on September 20, 2012, after PFLP-GC turned

Proven Ownership Set as Precondition for Return of Displaced Families to Yarmouk Camp

Proven Ownership Set as Precondition for Return of Displaced Families to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 06-09-2019

Member of Damascus Executive Office, Samir Jazaerli, said families wishing to return to their habitable home in Yarmouk Camp will only be allowed in if they prove ownership of the property. A committee from Damascus toured local neighborhoods in and around the city, including Yarmouk Camp, and took down notes of the needed facilities. A Palestinian child was pronounced dead on

Palestinian Child from Syria with Diabetes in Need of Urgent Treatment

Palestinian Child from Syria with Diabetes in Need of Urgent Treatment

Published date : 05-09-2019

The family of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl from Syria taking shelter in Lebanon’s AlBekaa region have called on the International Red Cross, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and all other concerned institutions to take urgent action in order to help the family secure sums of money needed to treat the girl and buy medicines. The father said his daughter was diagnosed

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 04-09-2019

Palestinian refugee Omar Yakoob Hejazi, born in 1975, has been secretly locked up in Syrian government prisons for the sixth year running. Hejazi, a resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, was kidnapped by Syrian government troops on the Lebanese-Syrian borders. No data has yet been revealed as to his fate and location. According to AGPS data, over 1,760

30 Tents Burned Down as Fires Rock Syria’s AlSadaka Refugee Camp

30 Tents Burned Down as Fires Rock Syria’s AlSadaka Refugee Camp

Published date : 04-09-2019

Wildfires broke out on Monday evening in AlBal refugee camp, near Suran city, east of Aleppo’s northern region of I’zaz. Material damage was reported. An AGPS correspondent said the fires broke out in a refugee tent after a gas stove caught fire. Some 30 tents were affected. Some 35 Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus towns and

3,989 Palestinian Refugees Killed since Outburst of Syria Warfare

3,989 Palestinian Refugees Killed since Outburst of Syria Warfare

Published date : 04-09-2019

AGPS has documented the death of 3,989 Palestinian refugees from Syria, including women and children, since 2011, as a result of war-related incidents. Yarmouk Camp topped the list of victims with 1,422 casualties, followed by 263 in Daraa Camp, 202 in Khan Eshieh Camp, in Rif Dimashq, 168 in Aleppo’s AlNeirab Camp, and 124 in AlHusainiya Camp. 188

311 Palestinian Refugees Killed by Sniper Bullets since Outbreak of Syrian Conflict

311 Palestinian Refugees Killed by Sniper Bullets since Outbreak of Syrian Conflict

Published date : 28-08-2019

AGPS documented the death of 311 Palestinian refugees after they were gunned down by snipers in the war-ravaged Syrian territories, mostly in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. Up to 3,989 Palestinian refugees have been pronounced dead in the Syrian warfare, according to AGPS figures.

Palestinian Refugee Detained in Syria following Deportation from Turkey

Palestinian Refugee Detained in Syria following Deportation from Turkey

Published date : 28-08-2019

Palestinian refugee Maher Bashir Abweini, aged 18, was arrested by Tahrir AlSham Commission, an armed opposition group in Syria, after he was pushed back from Turkey for failing to obtain the kimlik visa card. Sources based in northern Syria said Tahrir AlSham are slated to release Maher in the next few days following security checks. Maher fled the embattled Yarmouk

Russian & Syrian Forces Ravage Yarmouk Cemetery in Hunt for Israeli Soldiers’ Body

Russian & Syrian Forces Ravage Yarmouk Cemetery in Hunt for Israeli Soldiers’ Body

Published date : 26-08-2019

Russian and Syrian government forces continue to ransack the old cemetery of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, in search of the body remains of Israeli soldiers killed in the Battle of Sultan Yaakoob in Lebanon in 1982. Russian forces reportedly transferred the body remains of over 10 unidentified people from Yarmouk Camp to a forensic laboratory in Israel. Israel’s military spokesman

Art Exhibition about Yarmouk Camp Held in Germany

Art Exhibition about Yarmouk Camp Held in Germany

Published date : 24-08-2019

A pro-Palestine cultural event held in the German city of Lunebourg sounded the alarm over the deteriorating living conditions in Yarmouk Camp for Palestine refugees, in Damascus. Photos taken by activist Niraz Sa’id, who was tortured to death in Syrian government prisons, were put on display at the event. A movie was also screened.

Palestinian Refugee Detained by Turkish Police

Palestinian Refugee Detained by Turkish Police

Published date : 22-08-2019

Palestinian refugee Maher Bashir Abweini, aged 18, was arrested by Turkish cops in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul Province on account that he is a non-holder of the kimlik visa card. Maher fled the embattled Yarmouk refugee camp, in Syria, in the hunt for a safe shelter in the Turkish territories. Recently, Turkish police stepped down crackdowns and abduction sweeps, targeting irregular migrants

Syria’s Ministry of Works Discusses Rehabilitation of Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees

Syria’s Ministry of Works Discusses Rehabilitation of Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees

Published date : 22-08-2019

Syria’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing pointed, during a meeting held at its headquarters on Tuesday, underway efforts to reconstruct 220 hectares of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus. Sometime earlier, member of Damascus Executive Office, Samir Jazaerli, said, following a meeting held in Damascus on Monday, March 11, that civilians will not be allowed to return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp before

Property-Theft Attempts Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Property-Theft Attempts Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 21-08-2019

Flocks of vehicles continue to be caught stealing furniture from destroyed buildings and abandoned homes in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Over recent years, pro-government militias have been raking through evacuated homes in Yarmouk and holding sway over brass pots and kitchen ware belonging to displaced families. Reports of theft have emerged after Syrian government forces grabbed hold

15 PLA Fighters Pronounced Dead following Break-Away from Pro-Gov’t Forces

15 PLA Fighters Pronounced Dead following Break-Away from Pro-Gov’t Forces

Published date : 19-08-2019

15 members of the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) were pronounced dead after they broke away from the battalion. Several others were tortured to death in Syrian government jails. The list includes Lieutenant Iyas Naimi, who died under shelling in Yarmouk Camp on July 30, 2013. Seven others died under torture: Handball coach Osama AlKhadra, Sergeant Muhammad Hamdan, commander Mohammed Farah

Palestinian Children in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Launch of School Year

Palestinian Children in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp Appeal for Launch of School Year

Published date : 19-08-2019

Palestinian children taking shelter in Yarmouk Camp have appealed to UNRWA and the General Authority for Palestinian Refugees to work on reconstructing their destroyed schools so as to enable them to pursue theirccvcvvcvcssd studies. In a meeting held some few days earlier with the education chief in Yarmouk Camp, Walid AlKurdi, the parents said the war prevented their children from

Palestinian Mother & Her Child Secretly Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Palestinian Mother & Her Child Secretly Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Published date : 18-08-2019

Palestinian child Hadil AlGhayathi has been secretly held in Syrian state prisons for six years running, along with her mother Taghrid Eissat. The mother and her daughter were kidnapped in March 2013 as they passed through the government-run AlAlaaf checkpoint, in al Hajar AlAswad area, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp. Their fate and whereabouts remain mysterious. AGPS continues to urge the

Meat Portions Distributed to Displaced Families North of Syria

Meat Portions Distributed to Displaced Families North of Syria

Published date : 17-08-2019

The Charity Commission for Relief of the Palestinian People distributed, on August 14, meat portions to 360 Palestinian families in northern Syria. Families displaced from Yarmouk Camp, Qudsaya, and other zones in Rif Dimashq benefited from the move.

1,977 Palestinian Refugees Killed until June 2019

1,977 Palestinian Refugees Killed until June 2019

Published date : 16-08-2019

In its 17th statistical report covering the period from March 2011 until June 2019, AGPS documented the death of 1,977 during the temporal span under examination, up from 1,953 in 2018. Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, topped the list of victims due to the massive destruction wrought on the camp.

Leisure Activities Held for Children in Yarmouk Camp

Leisure Activities Held for Children in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 15-08-2019

Leisure activities were held by volunteers from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society to entertain 30 children in AlJa’ouna Street, in Yarmouk Camp. The warfare in Syria has had traumatic fallouts on Palestinian refugee children in and outside of Syria. Post-traumatic stress disorders, mental psychosis, sleeplessness and nightmares, eating disorders, and intense fear have all been reported among Palestinian children from

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Joins Swedish National Football Team

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Joins Swedish National Football Team

Published date : 15-08-2019

A Palestinian from Syria Hosam Ayesh joined the National Football Team of Sweden. A few days earlier, Hosam signed for IFK Göteborg football club as a midfielder, ending his experience with Östersunds FK club. Hosam, aged 24, was born and raised in Sweden. His father lived in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus. His mother is a Jordanian national.

Meat Portions Distributed to Displaced Palestinian Families North of Syria

Meat Portions Distributed to Displaced Palestinian Families North of Syria

Published date : 14-08-2019

The Relief Commission of Palestinians of Syria handed over meat portions to Palestinian families displaced from southern Damascus, Yarmouk Camp, and Khan Eshieh Camp to Idlib, in northern Syria. The families continue to slam UNRWA for failing to hand them over much-needed cash aids, medical items, and relief services on account that opposition-held zones fall outside of its map of

Displaced Palestinian Families Struggling for Survival in Idlib

Displaced Palestinian Families Struggling for Survival in Idlib

Published date : 13-08-2019

Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk and Khan Eshieh refugee camps, along with other areas in Damascus, to the northern Syrian province of Idlib have been grappling with dire humanitarian conditions. The refugees continue to denounce the steep rental fees which they said have hit US$100 per month. High rates of unemployment and discriminatory practices have made life far worse for

Political Delegates Show Up in Yarmouk’s New Cemetery

Political Delegates Show Up in Yarmouk’s New Cemetery

Published date : 12-08-2019

Representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization and other Palestinian factions paid a visit to the new AlShuhadaa Cemetery in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Yarmouk Camp is home to two cemeteries, where the bodies of Palestinians killed during the Nakba (May 15, 2011) and Naksa (June 5, 2011) along with those killed in the Palestinian Revolution, are buried

70 of Homes in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees Destroyed, Says PLO Official

70 of Homes in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees Destroyed, Says PLO Official

Published date : 06-08-2019

Head of the political department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Anwar Abdul Hadi, said 70% of homes in Yarmouk Camp along with the infrastructure have sustained total damage in the warfare. 30% were partially damaged. According to Abdul Hadi, the Syrian government is considering reconstructing the camp, adding that an ad hoc committee will finalize a plan to that

Property-Theft Attempts Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Property-Theft Attempts Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 06-08-2019

A flock of four vehicles was reportedly caught on Sunday, August 4, stealing wooden doors and furniture from abandoned buildings and in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Over recent years, pro-government militias have been raking through evacuated homes in Yarmouk and holding sway over furniture, copper, iron, and kitchenware belonging to displaced families. Reports of theft have emerged

Palestinian Refugee Released by Turkish Police

Palestinian Refugee Released by Turkish Police

Published date : 03-08-2019

The Turkish police released Palestinian refugee Mohamed Marwan AlSukari, from Yarmouk Camp, one day after they detained him in Eskişehir province, in northwestern Turkey, on allegations that he did not carry a temporary protection kimlik visa. A number of Palestinian refugees have been held in Turkish custody over similar allegations, pending their deportation to Idlib, north of Syria. Most of them

Economic suffering continues for thousands of displaced Palestinian families in Qudsaya

Economic suffering continues for thousands of displaced Palestinian families in Qudsaya

Published date : 02-08-2019

Some 6,000 displaced Palestinian families seeking refuge in Qudsaya town, in Rif Dimashq, have launched cries for help over their exacerbated situation due to the price hike, high unemployment rates, steep rental fees, and the decline in civilians’ purchasing power. According to the residents, furnished homes are rented at up to 70,000 Syrian Pounds, down from 25,000

Wheelchaired Palestinian Refugee Goes Homeless in Syria

Wheelchaired Palestinian Refugee Goes Homeless in Syria

Published date : 01-08-2019

Palestinian activists have sounded alarm bells over the deteriorating conditions of Palestinian refugee with special needs Ahmed Mustafa, who has been left without a roof over his head in the Syrian territories. Ahmed’s mother, his sole breadwinner, passed away. He has gone homeless after he was displaced from Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus. According to the activists, Ahmed has been daily

Alarm Bells Raised after Palestinian Refugee’s Health Takes Turn for Worse North of Syria

Alarm Bells Raised after Palestinian Refugee’s Health Takes Turn for Worse North of Syria

Published date : 31-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Khalil Ahmad Hawari appealed to the concerned parties and human rights institutions to broker his medical referral to Turkey due to the poor healthcare services north of Syria. Last month, Hawari, displaced from Yarmouk Camp to Deir Ballout refuge camp, north of Syria, was subjected to a venomous insect sting and was transferred to an under-equipped clinic in

28 Palestinians Killed in Pro-Gov’t Battles in Syria

28 Palestinians Killed in Pro-Gov’t Battles in Syria

Published date : 19-07-2019

28 Palestinian refugees died as they fought alongside popular committees affiliated with the government forces. Most of the casualties are residents of Yarmouk Camp in Damascus and Handarat and AlNeirab refugee camps, in Aleppo. Shortly after the outburst of the deadly warfare, the Syrian government forced Palestinian refugees aged 18 and above to join affiliated militias for periods of at

Palestinian Doctor Nizar Kassab Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Palestinian Doctor Nizar Kassab Forcibly Disappeared in Syria

Published date : 19-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Nizar Jawdat Kassab has been secretly jailed in Syria for the seventh year running. Nizar, a genitourinary surgeon, was arrested at a government checkpoint pitched near Yarmouk’s entrance on December 16, 2012. Palestinian medics and relief activists have been permanently targeted by the Syrian government forces on claims of assisting opposition affiliates. Several relief workers and volunteers died

Heavy Shelling Rocks Civilian Homes in Idlib

Heavy Shelling Rocks Civilian Homes in Idlib

Published date : 19-07-2019

Three Palestinian families survived air raids launched by the Syrian government forces on Friday on AlKousour neighborhood, in Idlib, north of Syria. Speaking with AGPS, survivor Mohamed Udai said that at 09:00 a.m. four missiles hit his home and the adjacent building while he was about to go to work. His expectant wife was sleeping. The building started to

One Year Passes By since Palestinian Photojournalist Niraz Sa’id Died in Syrian Jails

One Year Passes By since Palestinian Photojournalist Niraz Sa’id Died in Syrian Jails

Published date : 18-07-2019

Palestinian photographer Niraz Sa’id, from Yarmouk Camp, died one year ago under torture in Syrian government jails, where he had been detained for three years. Niraz Sa’id was kidnapped on October 2, 2015 by Syrian government forces and dragged to a detention center in Damascus. Sa’id left Yarmouk after ISIS stormed the camp on April 1, 2015. Sa’id, along with

Elderly Palestinian in Need of Urgent Heart Surgery

Elderly Palestinian in Need of Urgent Heart Surgery

Published date : 18-07-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Abdul Majid Abu Kharaj, who was displaced from Yarmouk Camp to Lebanon’s AlBekaa Valley, was transferred to a hospital following a heart attack that struck his vulnerable body. Medics said he is in need of an open-heart surgery but backtracked shortly after, as a set of checks ups and tests proved his body’s cardiac surgery intolerance

18 UNRWA Staff Members Killed, 28 Forcibly Disappeared in War-Torn Syria

18 UNRWA Staff Members Killed, 28 Forcibly Disappeared in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 17-07-2019

To date, 18 UNRWA staff members have perished as a result of the Syrian conflict and a further 28 are missing and/or detained. UNRWA said victims were killed as a result of shelling, sniper attacks, bullet fire, abduction, or blasts across the war-ravaged Syrian territories. UNRWA has 4,000 staff working in Syria. The Agency relies on its staff to

Palestinian Newborn Needs Urgent Treatment in Lebanon

Palestinian Newborn Needs Urgent Treatment in Lebanon

Published date : 16-07-2019

A displaced Palestinian family who fled Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to Wadi AlZina, in Lebanon’s southern city of Sidon, have appealed to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations along with the Palestine Liberation Organization and humanitarian institutions to work on securing treatment fees for their premature newborn Lin Samer Abdul Al. The family said medics at AlRa’i Hospital

92 Palestinians Cold-Bloodedly Executed in Syria

92 Palestinians Cold-Bloodedly Executed in Syria

Published date : 16-07-2019

92 Palestinian refugees have been subjected to extra-judicial executions since the outburst of Syria’s warfare until July 16, 2019, according to AGPS data. The list includes 17 members of the Palestine Liberation Army who were killed just one month after they were kidnapped in mid-2012 on their way back home to AlNeirab Camp in Aleppo from a military site in

Military Parade Held by Pro-Gov’t Squad in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees

Military Parade Held by Pro-Gov’t Squad in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestine Refugees

Published date : 14-07-2019

A military show was organized by the Free Palestine Movement, affiliated with the Syrian government, at the Arabic Club in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus. Dozens of gunmen and military commanders along with representatives of the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) were in attendance. A number of injured PLA recruits were honored at the event.

Palestinian Refugee Garners Highest Score in Syria’s Secondary School Exams

Palestinian Refugee Garners Highest Score in Syria’s Secondary School Exams

Published date : 14-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Ahmed Malek Warda, sheltered in AlRaml camp, in Latakia, has snatched the first rank after he got full marks in his secondary school exams.  A number of Palestinian students garnered excellent marks at secondary school exams (main session) for the scientific and literary branches across the Syrian territories. The results were released by the Syrian Ministry of

Palestinian Refugee Killed in Hums Hostilities

Palestinian Refugee Killed in Hums Hostilities

Published date : 13-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Fahd Salim AlSaadi, born in 1970, died as he fought alongside the Syrian government forces against ISIS militias in Hums desert. Fahd’s body was dispatched to Yarmouk Camp on Saturday. He was laid to rest in Yarmouk’s New Cemetery. AGPS documented the death of 1,076 Palestinian refugees as a result of gun shooting in Syria.

Palestinian Students Achieve Outstanding Results in Syria

Palestinian Students Achieve Outstanding Results in Syria

Published date : 12-07-2019

A number of Palestinian students garnered excellent marks at secondary school exams (main session) for the scientific and literary branches across the Syrian territories. The results were released by the Syrian Ministry of Education on Wednesday, July 10. Palestinian student Haneen Husain, raised in Yarmouk refugee camp, snatched the first rank in Rif Dimashq province with a score of 2

1,488 Displaced Palestinian Families North of Syria Appeal for Urgent Action by UNRWA

1,488 Displaced Palestinian Families North of Syria Appeal for Urgent Action by UNRWA

Published date : 12-07-2019

Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk Camp and Khan Eshieh, south of Damascus, urged UNRWA to take on its responsibility regarding over 1,488 families taking shelter in northern Syria. The families called for the need to provide them with much-needed cash aids, medical items, and relief services, saying UNRWA has not handed them over aids on account that opposition-held zones

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Secretly Jailed in Syria for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Secretly Jailed in Syria for 7th Year

Published date : 10-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Omar Yakoob Hejazi, born in 1975, has been locked up in Syrian government prisons for the seventh year running. Hejazi, a resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, was kidnapped by the Syrian government troops on the Lebanese-Syrian borders. No data has yet been revealed as to his fate and location. According to AGPS data, over 1,700

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Wins Chest Contest

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Wins Chest Contest

Published date : 09-07-2019

Palestinian teen from Syria Mohamed AlJaafari won the first place at the chess competition staged by the Palestinian Chess Federation on Friday, July 5, on the occasion of the Palestine Olympics Day in AlBadawi refugee camp, in Lebanon. Mohamed fled Yarmouk Camp in Damascus in 2012 on way to AlBadawi Camp, in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli.

3,987 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Pronounced Dead since 2011

3,987 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Pronounced Dead since 2011

Published date : 09-07-2019

AGPS has documented the death of 3,987 Palestinian refugees in Syria, including women and children, since 2011, as a result of war-related incidents. According to AGPS data, 1,977 died until June 2019, up from 1,953 victims until June 2018. Yarmouk Camp topped the list with 1,422 casualties, followed by 263 in Daraa Camp, 202 in Khan

Palestinian Refugee Haytham Naji Secretly Jailed in Syria since 2014

Palestinian Refugee Haytham Naji Secretly Jailed in Syria since 2014

Published date : 08-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Haytham Hamouda Naji, born in 1969, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government dungeons for five years running. Naji was kidnapped by pro-government troops on August 28, 2014, as he distributed foodstuff in AlRijah Square, in Yarmouk Camp. His family continues to appeal for information. AGPS documented the incarceration of 1,759 Palestinians in Syrian government

Displaced Families Denied Return to Yarmouk Camp, Gov’t Officers Allowed In

Displaced Families Denied Return to Yarmouk Camp, Gov’t Officers Allowed In

Published date : 08-07-2019

Sources close to the Syrian government said security forces have allowed military officers and their families who used to live in Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to re-enter the camp and retrieve their homes and property. Civilians have, however, been denied access to their homes in the camp. On February 4, a petition handed over by the residents of Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Refugee Secretly Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Secretly Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Published date : 07-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Mahmoud Tamim, aged 58, has been locked up in Syrian government dungeons since August 3, 2013. Mahmoud was a resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. His condition and whereabouts remain unidentified. AGPS documented the incarceration of 1,758 Palestinians in Syrian government prisons, where 606 others were tortured to death.

2 Palestinian Brothers Honored in Lebanon’s Burj Barajneh Camp

2 Palestinian Brothers Honored in Lebanon’s Burj Barajneh Camp

Published date : 06-07-2019

The Amal Club in Burj AlBarajneh refugee camp, in Beirut, paid tribute to two Palestinian brothers from Syria—Beshr Mazen Yousef and Aws Mazen Yousef—for their good conduct and the outstanding results they achieved during the school year. The two children joined the karate club in Burj AlBarajneh refugee camp and are currently taking shelter in Shatila camp, south of Beirut

35 Members of Fatah AlIntifada Group Killed in Syria’s Warfare

35 Members of Fatah AlIntifada Group Killed in Syria’s Warfare

Published date : 06-07-2019

AGPS documented the death of 35 Palestine refugees affiliated with Fatah AlIntifada group, as they fought alongside the Syrian government forces across the war-torn country. The list includes gunmen who died in fierce shootouts with ISIS and AlNusra Front in Yarmouk Camp. Others were pronounced dead in Harasta and AlKabon, in Rif Dimashq, and in Deir AlZor, east of Syria

Activists Launch Campaign to Push for Civilians’ Safe Return to Yarmouk Camp

Activists Launch Campaign to Push for Civilians’ Safe Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 06-07-2019

Activists have embarked on a so-called “I’ll Be Back Home” campaign in an attempt to urge concerned authorities to reconstruct Yarmouk Camp and allow displaced Palestinian families to safely return to their homes. The campaigners called on the concerned families to gather at AlBashir and AlMajed mosque, near Yarmouk Camp, pending the creation of civil committees to follow up on

Palestinian Refugee Salim AlMaw’ed Secretly Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Salim AlMaw’ed Secretly Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Published date : 04-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Salim Mohamed AlMaw’ed has been locked up in a Syrian government dungeon for the sixth consecutive year. Salim was arrested at the Yarmouk Camp checkpoint on May 22, 2013. His family continues to appeal for information. AGPS documented the incarceration of 1,758 Palestinians in Syrian government prisons, where 606 others were tortured to death.

AGPS & PRC Underscore Calamitous Situation of Palestinian Women in Syria at UNHRC

AGPS & PRC Underscore Calamitous Situation of Palestinian Women in Syria at UNHRC

Published date : 04-07-2019

The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) and the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) have spoken up against the human rights abuses perpetrated against Palestinian women taking refuge in war-torn Syria. Speaking during a session attended by the International Commission of Inquiry on the Syria Arab Republic, held on Tuesday, July 2, as part of the 41st Session of the United Nation Human Rights

Hundreds of Displaced Palestinian Families Struggling for Survival in Northern Syria

Hundreds of Displaced Palestinian Families Struggling for Survival in Northern Syria

Published date : 03-07-2019

Hundreds of displaced Palestinian families have been scattered across northern Syria, where they have been taking refuge in poorly-equipped camps, after they got displaced from their homes and shelters in the warfare. According to data by the Commission of Palestinians of Syria for Relief and Development, as many as 1,488 Palestinian families have been sheltered in the northern Syrian

Palestinian Girl from Syria Snatches 1st Rank at Lebanon Secondary School Exams

Palestinian Girl from Syria Snatches 1st Rank at Lebanon Secondary School Exams

Published date : 02-07-2019

Palestinian student from Syria Jala Khaled AlKhatib achieved outstanding results as part of basic education exams held at Beit Jala private school, in Siblin, in AlKharroub region, south of Lebanon. She got the first rank at the school and the 24th in Lebanon. 15-year-old Jala was born and raised in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. She headed for Lebanon with

Palestinian Refugee Nour AlDeen Mahmoud Abdullah Secretly Jailed in Syria since 2014

Palestinian Refugee Nour AlDeen Mahmoud Abdullah Secretly Jailed in Syria since 2014

Published date : 02-07-2019

Palestinian refugee Nour AlDeen Mahmoud Abdullah has been locked up in Syrian government prisons for five years running. He was arrested at a checkpoint in Yarmouk Camp in 2014. His condition and whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. His family continues to appeal for information about his fate. AGPS kept record of the secret incarceration of 1,758 Palestinian refugees

Syrian Official: Rehabilitation Plan for Yarmouk Camp to Be Set Up & Executed Soon

Syrian Official: Rehabilitation Plan for Yarmouk Camp to Be Set Up & Executed Soon

Published date : 01-07-2019

Yasar Abedeen, director of the General Company for Engineering Studies and Consulting, run by the Syrian Ministry of Public Works and Housing, said the company has been tasked with devising reconstruction plans for Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, and surrounding areas. Speaking with state-run media, Abedeen said Yarmouk Camp comes on top of the newly-signed contracts. Reconstruction is slated to be

Palestinian Refugee Held in Syrian Dungeons Since 2013

Palestinian Refugee Held in Syrian Dungeons Since 2013

Published date : 29-06-2019

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Salem Ali AlMarkaten, aged 60, has been incarcerated in Syrian government prisons for the fifth year running. Mohamed was kidnapped by the government forces on his way out of Yarmouk Camp and was dragged to an unknown location. His condition and whereabouts has been shrouded in mystery. AGPS kept record of the incarceration of 1,758 Palestinians

Banquet Held for Displaced Palestinian Students in Damascus

Banquet Held for Displaced Palestinian Students in Damascus

Published date : 29-06-2019

A banquet was held in Damascus by UNRWA and the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees. Palestinian prep and secondary school students coming from Lebanon and taking shelter at Basel AlAsad College and the Damascus Training Center were in attendance. Displaced students, mostly from Yarmouk Camp, and Assistant-Director of UNRWA operations, along with members of the agency’s Department of Education

Palestinian Refugees from Syria Voice Unyielding Commitment to Right of Return

Palestinian Refugees from Syria Voice Unyielding Commitment to Right of Return

Published date : 29-06-2019

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees have taken to the streets across the Syrian territories, protesting the US-drafted Mideast peace plan, dubbed “the deal of the century” and the US-led economic workshop in Bahrain. A series of vigils, seminars, workshops, and youth gatherings have been staged outside of Yarmouk Camp and outside of the Palestinian National Council in Damascus. Similar events took

Education Center Launched in Qudsaya

Education Center Launched in Qudsaya

Published date : 27-06-2019

First aid training courses were held by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society at the Palestine Health Center in Yalda town, south of Yarmouk Camp. A number of Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk Camp took part in the course, which aims to familiarize the Palestinian refugee community with the skills and tools needed in emergency situations.

Displaced Palestinians Rally in Northern Syria over Trump’s Pro-Israel Mideast Plan

Displaced Palestinians Rally in Northern Syria over Trump’s Pro-Israel Mideast Plan

Published date : 27-06-2019

Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk Camp, Khan Eshieh, and southern Damascus to northern Syria took to the streets of AlSadaka, Deir Ballout, AlMuhammadiya, and AlJazira refugee camps on Wednesday, protesting the US President Donald Trump’s “Mideast peace deal”, known as the “deal of the century”, and the White House-led economic workshop in Bahrain. The refugees stressed Palestinians’ commitment to their

Palestinian Refugees from Syria Subjected to Heavy Beating by Turkish Border Police

Palestinian Refugees from Syria Subjected to Heavy Beating by Turkish Border Police

Published date : 26-06-2019

A number of Palestinian refugees were heavily beaten by the Turkish border guard as they attempted to cross the Syrian-Turkish borders. The refugees were pushed back to war-torn Syria. The refugees, including women, were displaced from Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to Deir Ballout Camp, north of Syria. On Saturday, they attempted to reach the Turkish territories, fleeing the security turmoil

Displaced Palestinian Family from Syria Detained at Erbil Airport

Displaced Palestinian Family from Syria Detained at Erbil Airport

Published date : 25-06-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Fadi Khaled Nasrullah, from Yarmouk Camp, along with his wife and two children continue to launch cries for help as they have been detained at Erbil International Airport, the main airport of Erbil city in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, after they were deported by the Turkish police. Authorities have threatened to push them back to Lebanon before being deported to Syria

Palestinian Refugee Ahmad Khamis Detained in Syria Shortly after Release

Palestinian Refugee Ahmad Khamis Detained in Syria Shortly after Release

Published date : 24-06-2019

Palestinian ex-prisoner Ahmad Khamis who had been released from Israeli jails as part of an Israel-Russian swap deal was re-arrested by Syrian security forces. Informed sources told AGPS that Khamis has been subjected to exhaustive interrogation by Syrian intelligence officers after he was transferred from an Israeli jail to Syria via Red Cross staff. The Syrian government forces kept him

2 Palestinian Refugees Detained in Greece Launch Cry for Help

2 Palestinian Refugees Detained in Greece Launch Cry for Help

Published date : 22-06-2019

Palestinian refugees from Syria Yaser Fa’our and Mu’amar Yousef Murad, from Yarmouk Camp, have appealed to the international human rights organizations, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Palestinian factions to take urgent action so as to pressurize the Greek authorities to release them. The two refugees were taken to Athens, pending their trial. Release appeals filed by their attorneys have been

Palestinian Student from Syria Honored by Swedish School

Palestinian Student from Syria Honored by Swedish School

Published date : 20-06-2019

Palestinian student from Syria Shahd Anas Dasouki was honored by Sorliden School in the Swedish city of Örnsköldsvik for the excellent results she has achieved over the past three school years. Dasouki, formerly sheltered in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, reportedly snatched the first seat as a third-year prep school student.

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Suleiman & His 2 Sons Forcibly Disappeared in Syria since 2013

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Suleiman & His 2 Sons Forcibly Disappeared in Syria since 2013

Published date : 19-06-2019

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Kheir Suleiman and his sons, Nayef and Ahmed, have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian penitentiaries for six years running. The father and his two sons were kidnapped by Syria’s pro-government militias and their war-partners at Yarmouk checkpoint in January 2013. Their family continues to appeal for information. AGPS documented the secret incarceration of 1,757 Palestinians

Syria’s Education Ministry Pays Tribute to Palestinian Student over Smart Exam Box

Syria’s Education Ministry Pays Tribute to Palestinian Student over Smart Exam Box

Published date : 17-06-2019

Palestinian student Ahmad AlKayali was honored by the Syrian Ministry of Education for creating a smart exam box. The Education Ministry said the box functions by means of artificial intelligence and serves to set exam questions and correct student responses without human  intervention and at a fast pace. The Education Minister gave instructions for coordination between the concerned departments so

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

3 Palestinian Brothers Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

Published date : 16-06-2019

Three Palestinian brothers have been secretly locked up in Syrian government jails for the 7th year running. Two of them turned themselves in to the Syrian authorities after the pro-government Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)--General Command (GC) pledged to work out their situation. Samir Barnawi, born in 1975, was arrested on September 20, 2012, after PFLP-GC turned

Syrian Official: Yarmouk’s Organizational Plan to Be Finalized

Syrian Official: Yarmouk’s Organizational Plan to Be Finalized

Published date : 15-06-2019

Syria’s Minister of Public Works and Housing Suhail Abdul Latif said serious efforts have been ongoing to finalize the roadmap for the rehabilitation of Yarmouk Camp and other areas in Damascus. In press statements, Abdul Latif said efforts have been under full swing by the committee taking charge of the rehabilitation file, adding that it has discussed with officials at

Palestinian Family Held in Syrian Gov’t Prisons for 6th Year

Palestinian Family Held in Syrian Gov’t Prisons for 6th Year

Published date : 15-06-2019

Alarm bells have been sounded over the mysterious fate of several Palestinian families who have been held captive in Syrian dungeons. The list of missing families includes Mouloud Khaled AlAbdullah’s family, kidnapped on July 27, 2013 at a government-run checkpoint in Nisreen Street, in AlTadhamun neighborhood, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp. The family’s 73-year-old father, Mawloud Khalid AlAbdullah, has been diagnosed

PLA Conscript Arrested by Syrian Security Forces

PLA Conscript Arrested by Syrian Security Forces

Published date : 14-06-2019

A conscript identified as Ahmad Hasan, from the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), affiliated with the Syrian government, was arrested in Jamala village, in Yarmouk Basin, in Daraa’s northwestern suburbs. Palestinian refugees who joined the PLA in Syria have been enduring serious crackdowns and abuses. According to informed sources, a number of Palestinian youths have been summoned to questioning by government

Palestinian Refugee Succumbs to Wounds Inflicted by Gunmen North of Syria

Palestinian Refugee Succumbs to Wounds Inflicted by Gunmen North of Syria

Published date : 12-06-2019

Palestinian refugee Reyad Bashir AlKhatib, who was displaced from Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to Efrin, in northern Syria, succumbed to wounds he sustained after he was shot on June 6 by anonymous assailants in Efrin. The refugee breathed his last at a Turkish hospital on Monday. An activist told AGPS that three gunmen opened fire at a Palestinian refugee outside

Palestinian Refugee Shot by Anonymous Gunmen North of Syria

Palestinian Refugee Shot by Anonymous Gunmen North of Syria

Published date : 11-06-2019

A Palestinian refugee who was displaced from Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, to northern Syria was shot and seriously injured by anonymous assailants in Efrin, north of Syria. An activist told AGPS that three gunmen opened fire at a Palestinian refugee outside of his home over allegations that he has been releasing counterfeit reports about the transfer of Palestinian refugees to

Palestinian Child Hadil Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Gov’t Jails for 6th Year

Palestinian Child Hadil Forcibly Disappeared in Syrian Gov’t Jails for 6th Year

Published date : 10-06-2019

Palestinian child Hadil AlAyathi has been secretly held in Syrian state prisons for six years running, along with her mother Taghrid Eissat. The mother and her daughter were kidnapped in March 2013 as they passed through the government-run AlAlaaf checkpoint, in al Hajar AlAswad area, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp. Their fate and whereabouts remain mysterious. AGPS continues to urge the

Russian & Syrian Forces Ravage Yarmouk Cemetery in Hunt for Israeli Soldiers’ Body

Russian & Syrian Forces Ravage Yarmouk Cemetery in Hunt for Israeli Soldiers’ Body

Published date : 10-06-2019

Activists have slammed the Russian and Syrian government forces for ransacking the old cemetery of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, in search of the body remains of Israeli soldiers killed in the Battle of Sultan Yaakoob in Lebanon in 1982. Yarmouk residents told AGPS that the pro-government forces cordoned off AlShuhadaa old cemetery with barriers, preventing them from visiting their relatives’

Antiques Shop Sells Misappropriated Palestinian Paintings in Damascus

Antiques Shop Sells Misappropriated Palestinian Paintings in Damascus

Published date : 09-06-2019

A set of paintings stolen from the home of the Palestinian artist Zaki Salam, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, have been put up for sale by an antiques shop in Bab Sharqi, in Damascus. Palestinian sculptor Zaki Salam confirmed the piece of new on his Facebook page, saying some of his works which were taken from his home on AlUruba

Visit by PLO Delegation to Yarmouk Camp Stirs Anger

Visit by PLO Delegation to Yarmouk Camp Stirs Anger

Published date : 06-06-2019

A delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) paid a visit to the AlShuhadaa Cemetery in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, on the occasion of Eid AlFitr, and laid flower wreaths at Palestinian tombs on behalf of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The move sparked widespread anger among civilians, activists, and journalists, who said such an over-attention

Residents of Yarmouk Camp Call for Unblocking Access Road to Local Cemetery

Residents of Yarmouk Camp Call for Unblocking Access Road to Local Cemetery

Published date : 05-06-2019

Liwaa AlQuds forces, affiliated with the Syrian government, marched in the funeral procession of three residents of AlRaml Camp for Palestinian refugees in Latakia who were killed in fierce shootouts in Hama suburbs. The names of the three casualties have not been released by Liwaa AlQuds. Sometime earlier, Liwaa AlQuds released the names of 20 gunmen who died as they

Syria’s Liwaa AlQuds Battalion Bids Farewell to 3 Residents of AlRaml Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Syria’s Liwaa AlQuds Battalion Bids Farewell to 3 Residents of AlRaml Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 05-06-2019

Residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, urged the Palestine Liberation Organization and concerned institutions to pressurize the Syrian authorities to unblock the thoroughfare leading to the local cemetery and allow them to visit their dead relatives during Eid. The residents also called for serious efforts to smooth their return to their homes and speed up the reconstruction

Family Appeals for Information over Fate of 2 Missing Palestinian Brothers in Syria

Family Appeals for Information over Fate of 2 Missing Palestinian Brothers in Syria

Published date : 04-06-2019

The family of two Palestinian brothers—Mahmoud Fuad Atiyeh, born in 1992, and Ali Fuad Atiyeh, born in 1990, has appealed to the local and international human rights institutions to work on disclosing the fate of their missing sons. The two brothers, both residents of Yarmouk Camp, in Damascus, disappeared on July 8, 2018. Their condition and whereabouts remain unknown. Unverified

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian State Jail

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian State Jail

Published date : 03-06-2019

A Palestinian refugee taking shelter in AlSabina Camp, in Rif Dimashq, died under torture in Syrian government prisons, where he had been locked up for five years. The refugee was kidnapped at a checkpoint pitched in Yarmouk Camp. Authorities handed over his death certificate to his family but are still withholding his body. AGPS has kept his name secret at

Displaced Palestinians in Idlib Push for Unblocking Syria-Turkey Borders

Displaced Palestinians in Idlib Push for Unblocking Syria-Turkey Borders

Published date : 01-06-2019

Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk, Khan Eshieh, and southern Damascus zones to northern Syria and who fled a Russian-backed government offensive in Idlib province have launched a protest campaign to demand an end to the attacks or the opening of the Syrian-Turkish border to allow them to safely escape the area. Scores of civilians flocked to the borderland on Friday

Displaced Palestinian Families in Northern Syria Receive Protection Cards

Displaced Palestinian Families in Northern Syria Receive Protection Cards

Published date : 01-06-2019

Syria’s General Authority for Civil Affairs, in partnership with the Documentation Center of Palestinian Refugees North of Syria, said, on Thursday, May 30, that Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus along with Khan Eshieh Camp to northern Syria will be receiving cards aiming at securing their legal protection. Speaking with AGPS, director of the Documentation Center said

Displaced Palestinian Refugee Drowns Near Deir Ballout Camp North of Syria

Displaced Palestinian Refugee Drowns Near Deir Ballout Camp North of Syria

Published date : 01-06-2019

Palestinian refugee Tareq Shehabi, who was displaced from Yarmouk Camp to northern Syria, died after he drowned in the river separating Deir Ballout and AlMuhammadiya refugee camps, near Afrin, in Aleppo’s northern outskirts. Refugees taking shelter north of Syria often swim in Afrin’s river due to the scorching heats rocking the area.

Displaced Palestinians to Rally Outside of Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Palestinians to Rally Outside of Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 30-05-2019

Palestinian activists have launched calls on Facebook urging Palestinian refugees displaced from Yarmouk Camp to rally outside of the camp at noontime on Friday so as to pressurize the concerned authorities to allow civilians to return to their homes. Activists slammed the concerned institutions for turning deaf ears to the families’ appeals for a safe access to their homes, saying

Two Palestinian Brothers Secretly Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail since 2012

Two Palestinian Brothers Secretly Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail since 2012

Published date : 28-05-2019

Palestinian brothers Waseem and Anas Mahmoud Muhahi have been held in Syrian government dungeons since October 2012. Both were kidnapped from Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees south of Damascus. Their condition and whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. AGPS kept record of dozens of cases of internment and fatal torture of members of same family in Syrian government prisons. AGPS

Displaced Palestinian Refugees Struggling for Survival in Idlib’s AlJazira Camp

Displaced Palestinian Refugees Struggling for Survival in Idlib’s AlJazira Camp

Published date : 28-05-2019

Some 30 Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk Camp, AlTadhamun neighborhood, and AlGhouta, in Damascus, continue to sound distress signals over the dire humanitarian situation they have been enduring in AlJazeera Camp, in Atama, in Idlib, near the Turkish borders. The situation has been characterized by an acute dearth in financial resources, relief aids, and vital services. No efforts have been

Palestine Ambassador: Families’ Return to Yarmouk Camp Indefinite

Palestine Ambassador: Families’ Return to Yarmouk Camp Indefinite

Published date : 27-05-2019

Director-General of the Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Ambassador Anwar Abdul Hadi, said displaced families should not be misled into believing that they will gain access to their homes in Yarmouk Camp sometime soon. Speaking from Yarmouk Camp, Abdul Hadi said the families’ return remains indefinite and that several buildings remain uninhabitable and risk to collapse at any

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Missing Son in Germany

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Missing Son in Germany

Published date : 26-05-2019

The family of Palestinian refugee Muhammad Adnan Talel Amouri, aged 24, continues to appeal for information about the condition and whereabouts of their son, who has gone missing in Germany for the fourth month. Born on October 3, 1994, Muhammad fled Yarmouk Camp in war-torn Syria to the Netherlands, before he headed for Germany one year and half ago. His

Displaced Palestinian Families Call for Safe Return to Their Homes in & near Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Palestinian Families Call for Safe Return to Their Homes in & near Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 26-05-2019

Palestinian families who were displaced from Yarmouk Camp, AlTadhamun neighborhood, and AlHajar AlAswad urged the Syrian government and all concerned parties to work on securing their safe return to their homes and rehabilitating infrastructure and vital facilities, including power and water. The displaced families called for establishing local committees to set definite dates for civilians’ return and to issue lists

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Wins 3rd Prize at School Karate Championship in Turkey

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Wins 3rd Prize at School Karate Championship in Turkey

Published date : 25-05-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Zein Ibrahim AlAli won the third place in a school karate contest  (55 kg) staged in Turkey by the Turkish Karate Federation, in partnership with the Directorate of Youth and Sports. The event was held on Tuesday, May 21, at the sports hall in Kayasehir. Zein grew up in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus

Heavy Criticism Leveled at PLO over Fast-Breaking Banquet in Embattled Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Heavy Criticism Leveled at PLO over Fast-Breaking Banquet in Embattled Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 25-05-2019

A banquet held on Wednesday by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees sparked widespread anger among displaced families and activists. An activist said: “How come that the PLO managed to get a permission from Syrian authorities to hold a banquet while it failed to receive green-light for the return of displaced families to the camp

Iftar Meals Distributed to Impoverished Palestinian Families North of Syria

Iftar Meals Distributed to Impoverished Palestinian Families North of Syria

Published date : 22-05-2019

The Palestinians of Syria Commission for Relief and Development handed over fast-breaking meals to displaced Palestinian and Syrian families in Deir Ballout refugee camp, AlMuhammdiya Camp, and Atameh, north of Syria. Hundreds of displaced Palestinian families have been struggling for survival in the poorly-equipped camps pitched in northern Syria, after they were deported from Yarmouk Camp and other southern Damascus

Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees Grappling with Dire Conditions

Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees Grappling with Dire Conditions

Published date : 22-05-2019

After eight years of conflict, Palestine refugees, particularly those taking shelter in Yarmouk, continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups in Syria with immense humanitarian needs. Palestinian families taking refuge in Yarmouk Camp continue to launch cries for help over their exacerbated situation due to the price hike, high unemployment rates, steep rental fees, and the decline in civilians’

Yarmouk’s Displaced Families Left without Roof over Their Heads in War-Torn Syria

Yarmouk’s Displaced Families Left without Roof over Their Heads in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 22-05-2019

One Year has passed by since the Syrian government forces regained control over Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus towns, following a 33-day military operation launched on April 19. Over 30 civilians were killed and dozens more injured in the offensive. Heavy material damage was wrought on more than 60% of civilian buildings and property. Reports of theft have increasingly emerged

59-Year-Old Palestinian Woman Goes Missing in Damascus

59-Year-Old Palestinian Woman Goes Missing in Damascus

Published date : 21-05-2019

Palestinian woman Mona Aneissi, born in 1960, disappeared from Nahr Eisheh area, in Damascus, some three days ago. She is reportedly a resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. According to AGPS data, 323 Palestinian refugees have gone missing since the outburst of deadly warfare in Syria.

7 Years since AlJa’ouna Massacre in Yarmouk Claimed Lives of over 20 Palestinians

7 Years since AlJa’ouna Massacre in Yarmouk Claimed Lives of over 20 Palestinians

Published date : 20-05-2019

Seven years have passed by since AlJa’ouna massacre, perpetrated on August 2, 2012, took away the lives of over 20 Palestinians in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, among them children. Several other Palestinians were left wounded after two mortar shells slammed into the area prior to iftar (fast-breaking) time. The list of casualties includes the two children Anas Talouzi and

New Committee Tasked With Finalizing Reconstruction Plan in & around Yarmouk Camp

New Committee Tasked With Finalizing Reconstruction Plan in & around Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 20-05-2019

Pro-government sources in Syria announced the launch of a follow-up committee led by Minister of Public Works and Housing to wrap up rehabilitation plans in Yarmouk Camp and adjacent areas in two month’s time. The move was announced following a meeting convened in Damascus between the Syrian Prime Minister and government officials in an attempt to boost reconstruction works in

Syrian regime has been holding Omar Allao for 7 years

Syrian regime has been holding Omar Allao for 7 years

Published date : 19-05-2019

Syrian security forces has been holding Palestinian refugee Omar Ahmed Alloa, from Yarmouk camp for the seven consecutive year with information of his whereabouts and fate remaining unknown. Alloa was arrested at AlJaleel school in Yarmouk camp on 28/09/2012. AGPS documented the arrest of 1,756 Palestinians, including 107 women, in the Syrian prisons.

Continues "Stealing" in Yarmouk camp to remove the marble

Continues "Stealing" in Yarmouk camp to remove the marble

Published date : 19-05-2019

In southern Damascus, activist said, citing eyewitnesses, that Syrian regime-affiliated groups are stealing marble from houses in Rama, Yarmouk and the 15 streets in the devastated Yarmouk camp, in a phenomenon linked to Syrian regime troops called ‘Tafish’. The activists noted that these groups are affiliated to the Fourth Division, the security services and a number of Palestinian factions, adding

7 years have passed since consultant surgeon and university professor Hayel Kasem Hamid was arrested

7 years have passed since consultant surgeon and university professor Hayel Kasem Hamid was arrested

Published date : 17-05-2019

The AGPS monitoring and documentation team revealed that the number of victims from AlRaml camp in Latakia who had been killed since the beginning of the war in Syria, reached 53, including 36 tortured to death, 2 by sniper fire, 12 by gunfire, 2 kidnapped and later killed, and one died of a health crisis related to the general conditions

Lebanese Security Forces Release Palestinian Refugee after 16 Days

Lebanese Security Forces Release Palestinian Refugee after 16 Days

Published date : 04-05-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Abdullah Hasan Atiyeh, born in 1972, was released from a Lebanese detention center, 16 days after he had been detained in Sidon. Abdullah, who was displaced from Yarmouk Camp to AlMiyah wa Miyah camp, south of Lebanon, was arrested on April 17, over name resemblance. His family kept appealing to the Palestine Embassy and concerned institutions

On World Press Freedom Day . . . AGPS Documents Death of 18 Palestinian Journalists in War-Torn Syria

On World Press Freedom Day . . . AGPS Documents Death of 18 Palestinian Journalists in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 04-05-2019

On the World Press Freedom Day, marked on May 3, AGPS said it kept record of the death of 18 Palestinian journalists since the outburst of deadly hostilities in March 2011, among whom academics and volunteers. The causalities died while covering scenes on the battleground or while providing civilians with relief assistance across the ravaged Syrian territories. The list includes

New Website Documents Collective Memory of Palestinian Refugee Camps

New Website Documents Collective Memory of Palestinian Refugee Camps

Published date : 01-05-2019

Palestinian activists from Yarmouk Camp launched a website dubbed “yarmoukcamp.net” in an attempt to preserve the collective memory of the Palestinian refugee community in Yarmouk and other refugee camps. Speaking with AGPS, the founding activists said the move aims to keep record of the socio-political and cultural idiosyncrasies of the Palestinian refugee experience, particularly inside refugee camps, and to

Exhibition Held by Palestinian Artist from Syria at Copenhagen Conference

Exhibition Held by Palestinian Artist from Syria at Copenhagen Conference

Published date : 30-04-2019

An exhibition was held by Palestinian artist from Syria Maamoun AlShayeb on the sidelines of the 17th Palestinians in Europe Conference kick-started on April 27 in Copenhagen. Maamoun AlShayeb was born in 1960 in Damascus-based Yarmouk Camp. His parents are natives of Tirat Haifa, in occupied Palestine. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1984 and

Assessment of Yarmouk Buildings in Progress

Assessment of Yarmouk Buildings in Progress

Published date : 29-04-2019

Pro-government sources in Syria said the technical committee handed over a preliminary report about the condition of buildings, premises, and infrastructure in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. A studies company entered Yarmouk Camp in mid-March after it was tasked by Damascus Governorate, in cooperation with the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees, to assess the condition of civilian

Palestinian Resident of Yarmouk Camp Released after 14 Years in Israeli Jail

Palestinian Resident of Yarmouk Camp Released after 14 Years in Israeli Jail

Published date : 29-04-2019

Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Khamis, a resident of Yarmouk Camp in Syria, and prisoner Zaidan Tawil, from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, were released from Israeli jails on Sunday and have been taken back to Syria, in what media sources described as Russian-mediated reciprocation for the repatriation of the body of a long-missing Israeli soldier. The prisoners had been transferred to the

Palestinian Sisters Secretly Held in Syrian State Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Sisters Secretly Held in Syrian State Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 27-04-2019

Palestinian sisters Hoda Mahmoud Khatib, born in 1975, and Samira Mahmoud Khatib, born in 1970, have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian government prisons for the sixth year running. The sisters, both residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus, have been held behind Syria’s prison bars since 2013. Their family continues to appeal to the international human

Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees Gripped with Abject Conditions

Syria’s Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees Gripped with Abject Conditions

Published date : 25-04-2019

Palestinian families taking refuge in Yarmouk Camp continue to launch cries for help over their exacerbated situation due to the price hike, high unemployment rates, steep rental fees, and the decline in civilians’ purchasing power. The unabated warfare has had disastrous fallouts on Palestinian refugee camps across the Syrian territories. Palestinians who remained in Yarmouk or returned to the camp

Arbitrary Abductions on the Rise in Syria’s Jaramana Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Arbitrary Abductions on the Rise in Syria’s Jaramana Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 24-04-2019

Residents of Jaramana Camp for Palestinian refugees continue to sound alarm bells over the simmering abductions carried out against civilians in the area. The residents said they have been blackmailed over their appeals for release and protection. Over recent years, several civilians, including children, have gone missing in Jaramana Camp. Palestinian child Zein Ahmad Taameh disappeared from AlAmeen Street in

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Wins 5th Place at German Bodybuilding Contest

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Wins 5th Place at German Bodybuilding Contest

Published date : 23-04-2019

Palestinian refugee Jihad Husam Joudeh won the fifth place in the German Junior Bodybuilding Championship held on April 13 in Frankfurt. The contest was supervised by international coach Ibrahim AlJoudeh (called Abu Abdullah) and Palestinian refugee from Syria Shadi Ahmed, who won the third place in a bodybuilding championship (+90 kg) held on April 4, 2019 in Ras AlKhaimah, in

323 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

323 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 22-04-2019

323 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women and girls, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare, AGPS has found out. Most of those who have disappeared in the country are residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. Activists have accused pro-government militias of targeting Palestinians in arbitrary abduction sweeps carried out under the security guise

Property-Theft Attempts Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Property-Theft Attempts Ongoing in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 22-04-2019

A flock of vehicles has been caught stealing iron from destroyed buildings and copper from abandoned homes in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Over recent years, pro-government militias have been raking through evacuated homes in Yarmouk and holding sway over brass pots and kitchen ware belonging to displaced families. Reports of theft have emerged after Syrian government forces

5 Years since 1st Palestinian Woman Was Tortured to Death in Syria Jail

5 Years since 1st Palestinian Woman Was Tortured to Death in Syria Jail

Published date : 22-04-2019

AGPS continues to sound the alarm over the brutal torture tactics pursued by the Syrian authorities across penal complexes in the war-stricken country. According to AGPS database, the first Palestinian woman who died under torture in Syrian state jails is Samira Ahmed AlSahli, aged 53. She was kidnapped in June 2014 from an aid-distribution center for Yarmouk residents. On November

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Gov’t Prison

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Gov’t Prison

Published date : 21-04-2019

AGPS documented the death of Palestinian refugee Mohamed Abdul Hamid Ismail, aged 21, in Syrian government prisons. Mohamed, a resident of Haifa Street in Yarmouk Camp, reportedly breathed his last on March 17, 2014. During his first sixth months in jail, he had been made to endure brutal torture, before he was transferred to Adra prison, where he was pronounced

Short Movie Reflects Brutal Torture Perpetrated in Syrian Jails

Short Movie Reflects Brutal Torture Perpetrated in Syrian Jails

Published date : 21-04-2019

A short film made by a Palestinian family that was deported from Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus, to France has unveiled the torture tactics pursued behind Syria’s prison bars. The film came onboard Ciné Palestine Festival, held in Toulouse in mid-March. Entitled “Ana Madakhalni”, an Arabic expression that literally means I am innocent, the movie depicts the agony

Vigil Held in AlShabiba Refugee Camp in Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails

Vigil Held in AlShabiba Refugee Camp in Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails

Published date : 20-04-2019

A rally was staged on Thursday in AlShabiba refugee camp in I’zaz, north of Syria, by the Palestinians of Syria Commission for Relief and Development, in cooperation with the Association of Displaced Palestinians in and around I’zaz area. The vigil, which falls in line with the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day and international anti-normalization campaign, came in response to Israel’s simmering violations

Missing Palestinian Family from Syria Spotted in Turkey

Missing Palestinian Family from Syria Spotted in Turkey

Published date : 19-04-2019

A Palestinian woman from Syria and her two children were found seven days after they had disappeared from Istanbul, on April 11, on their way to Greece via the Turkish borders. Nahla Mohamed Alyan and her two kids—Mohamed Ayman Daouah, aged three years and one-year toddler Omar Ayman Daouah—returned to their home in Istanbul. Activists said the family members have

Palestinian Refugee Arrested by Lebanese Security Forces

Palestinian Refugee Arrested by Lebanese Security Forces

Published date : 19-04-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Abdullah Hasan Atiyeh, born in 1972, was arrested by the Lebanese security forces on April 17. The reasons for his detention remain ambivalent. Abdullah fled the embattled Yarmouk Camp in war-torn Syria to AlMiya wa Miyah Camp, south of Lebanon. His family has appealed to the Palestine Embassy and concerned institutions in Lebanon to push for

A family appeal for information over Palestinian refugee Ahmad Darwish

A family appeal for information over Palestinian refugee Ahmad Darwish

Published date : 17-04-2019

A Palestinian family continues to appeal for information over the fate of Palestinian refugee Ahmad Faysal Darwish, who has been secretly locked up in Syrian state prisons for the sixth consecutive year. Ahmad, a resident of AlHajar AlAswad, in Rif Dimashq, was kidnapped on February 11, 2013 at the Batikha checkpoint, set up at the entrance to Yarmouk Camp. His

4 Women Among 7 Palestinians Arrested by Syrian Gov’t Forces South of Damascus

4 Women Among 7 Palestinians Arrested by Syrian Gov’t Forces South of Damascus

Published date : 14-04-2019

Seven Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk Camp were arrested by Syrian government forces in Yalda town, south of Damascus. According to Zaman AlWasl news site, the seven arrestees were summoned to questioning by the local reconciliation committees, before they were arrested. The list includes three women and activist Yaser Amayri. AGPS kept record of the detention of over 1,747 Palestinian

Palestinian Refugee Hazem Abu Ajaj Secretly Held in Syrian Prison for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Hazem Abu Ajaj Secretly Held in Syrian Prison for 6th Year

Published date : 13-04-2019

Palestinian young man Hazem Ahmad Abu Ajaj, born in 1972, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian state jails for the sixth consecutive year. Hazem was arrested at the Batikha checkpoint on his way out of Yarmouk Camp in 2013. His condition and whereabouts remain unknown. According to AGPS data, 1746 Palestinian refugees have been secretly locked up in

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Gov’t Jail

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Gov’t Jail

Published date : 13-04-2019

AGPS documented the death of Palestinian refugee Mohamed Omar AlSahli, from Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, under torture in Syrian state prisons. Mohamed, a father of five, reportedly died on December 30, 2013. AGPS kept record of the death of 584 Palestinian refugees under torture in Syrian government dungeons.

Campaign to Plant Olive Trees Kick-Started at Entrance of Yarmouk Camp

Campaign to Plant Olive Trees Kick-Started at Entrance of Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 12-04-2019

Palestinian NGOs and activists in Denmark, in partnership with the Global Campaign for Return to Palestine, embarked on a campaign to plant olive trees bearing the names of Palestinians killed by the Israeli military during the Great March of Return protests, staged at the Gaza border since March 30, 2018. The trees have been planted in AlBatikha Park, at the

Palestinian Migrants Disappear Off Turkish Coast

Palestinian Migrants Disappear Off Turkish Coast

Published date : 12-04-2019

A number of Palestinian migrants from the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip and Syria have gone missing west of the Turkish seashore, onboard a Greece-bound vessel, since March 27, 2019. Activist Ahmad AlShabarawi said six Palestinians have disappeared. The names that figure on the list are: Mohamed Marwan Tamim and Mohamed Dhafer AlNajar, both from Yarmouk Camp, along with Raed Mabrouk, Ziad

Palestinian Refugee Ahmad Darwish Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Ahmad Darwish Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 11-04-2019

Palestinian refugee Ahmad Faysal Darwish, aged 27, has been secretly locked up in Syrian state prisons for the sixth consecutive year. Ahmad, from Yarmouk Camp, was kidnapped on February 11, 2013. His family continues to appeal for information. AGPS documented the detention of 1,746 Palestinian refugees in Syrian state dungeons, among them 107 women and dozens of minors.

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Yehya Missing for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Mohamed Yehya Missing for 7th Year

Published date : 11-04-2019

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Eid Husain Yehya, born in 1986, disappeared with his car from Nahr Eisheh in Damascus on February 12, 2012. No data has been revealed so far about his condition and whereabouts. His family continues to appeal for information. 317 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women and girls, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare, AGPS

Russian Military: ISIS Weapons Cache Found in Yarmouk Camp

Russian Military: ISIS Weapons Cache Found in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 10-04-2019

The Russian Military Police said a large cache of weapons that were left behind by the terrorist group ISIS was seized in Yarmouk Camp in the southern districts of Damascus city on Monday. “During a routine patrol in Yarmouk by the Russian military police, a local from Yarmouk gave us information of a possible weapons storage hidden inside a tunnel under

Art Exhibition Held by Palestinian Refugee from Syria in Berlin

Art Exhibition Held by Palestinian Refugee from Syria in Berlin

Published date : 08-04-2019

An exhibition was staged on March 30 and 31 by Palestinian artist from Syria Maamoun AlShayeb in Berlin to mark the Palestinian Land Day. A number of Arab and non-Arab academics and artists, along with Arab community representatives in Germany, were in attendance. Maamoun AlShayeb was born in 1960 in Damascus-based Yarmouk Camp. His parents are natives of Haifa, in

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Fate of 4 Missing Relatives

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Fate of 4 Missing Relatives

Published date : 08-04-2019

The family of four Palestinians who have gone missing for years in Damascus have appealed to the concerned institutions to work on disclosing their conditions and whereabouts. Activists quoted the family as appealing for urgent action. The four missing relatives are Bilal Adel Saad AlDeen, from Yarmouk Camp, and his son Firas. Both the father and his son disappeared from

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Wins 3rd Place in U.A.E Bodybuilding Contest

Palestinian Refugee from Syria Wins 3rd Place in U.A.E Bodybuilding Contest

Published date : 07-04-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Shadi Ahmed won the third place in a bodybuilding championship (+90 kg) held on Thursday, April 4, in Ras AlKhaimah, in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E). On December 9, 2019, Shadi, from Yarmouk Camp in Syria, took part in a Muscle Show Championship held in Dubai. Speaking with AGPS, Shadi said his fruitful participation

AGPS: 80 Palestinian Children Killed under Shelling, Crippling Siege in Yarmouk Camp

AGPS: 80 Palestinian Children Killed under Shelling, Crippling Siege in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 07-04-2019

AGPS kept record of the death of 80 Palestinian refugee children due to the unabated shelling and tough blockade imposed on Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus province. AGPS team estimates the real number of casualties to be much higher. Meanwhile, the death toll among Yarmouk residents has hit 1,411, including 201 casualties who died as a result of undernourishment

Nine Palestinian refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian State Jails

Nine Palestinian refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian State Jails

Published date : 07-04-2019

Nine Palestinian refugees have been recently pronounced dead as a result of torture in Syrian government prisons. The list includes Mohamed Amayri, from Yarmouk Camp. The latter breathed his last after eight years in Syrian jails. He was kidnapped by pro-government militias in June 2012. Eight members of a Palestinian family also appear on the casualty’s list. AGPS has kept

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian State Prison

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian State Prison

Published date : 06-04-2019

A Palestinian refugee born in 1978 died under torture in Syrian government prisons, where he had been locked up for years. The refugee, whose name is kept secret by AGPS over security concerns, was a resident of Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. According to AGPS database, as many as 574 Palestinian refugees, among them women and children, were tortured to

Russian Forces Recover Body Remains of Israeli Soldier in Yarmouk Camp

Russian Forces Recover Body Remains of Israeli Soldier in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 05-04-2019

The body of Israeli tank commander Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel was flown back to Israel a few days ago. He was one of three soldiers still listed as missing in action since the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in Lebanon in 1982. The Israeli military would only say on Wednesday that Sgt Baumel's remains had been repatriated via a

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian State Jail

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian State Jail

Published date : 05-04-2019

Palestinian refugee Wael Adnan Dirbas was tortured to death in Syrian government prisons, where he had been locked up for years. His family found out in a document recently obtained from local authorities that their son, a resident of Yarmouk Camp and a native of Tirat Haifa in Palestine, died some three years ago. Dozens of Palestinian refugees figure on

Palestinian Brothers Ahmed and Mohamed Mahmoud Hamidi Secretly Jailed in Syria

Palestinian Brothers Ahmed and Mohamed Mahmoud Hamidi Secretly Jailed in Syria

Published date : 04-04-2019

Palestinian brothers Ahmed Mahmoud Hamidi, born in 1992, and Mohamed Mahmoud Hamidi, born in 1983, have been held in Syrian state jails since 2014. The Palestinian brothers are both residents of Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus. Ahmad was kidnapped by pro-government militias from Shabaa village, near AlSayeda Zeinab. Ahmad is physically disabled and suffers concussion and temporary memory loss. His

Body of Syrian Republican Guard Chopped into Pieces in Yarmouk Camp

Body of Syrian Republican Guard Chopped into Pieces in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 04-04-2019

Activists said the body of a member of Syria’s Republican Guards – Fourth Division was spotted in Yarmouk Camp a few days earlier while cut into pieces. According to the activists, the casualty recently joined the Forth Division following agreement’s made with the Syrian government, after the latter regained control of Yarmouk and southern Damascus last year. No clear reasons

Child Missing in Jaramana Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Child Missing in Jaramana Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 03-04-2019

Palestinian child Zein Ahmad Taameh has disappeared from AlAmeen Street in Jaramana Camp since Monday, April 1. Ameen went missing on his way back home from Palestine School, run by UNRWA. His family continues to appeal for information. According to AGPS data, over 300 Palestinian refugees have gone missing in war-torn Syria, mostly from Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus.

Refugee Tents in Deir Ballout Swamped with Water following River Flood

Refugee Tents in Deir Ballout Swamped with Water following River Flood

Published date : 02-04-2019

Displaced families in the Muhammadiya and Deir Ballout refugee camps in northern Syria have raised concerns about the upshots of the flooding of the Afrin river in the wake of heavy rains. Tents have been flooded with water as torrential downpours have swamped Palestinian refugee camps in Afrin, north of Syria. Pictures and videos circulated on social media show dozens of tents

Palestinian Refugee Alaa Farhoud Held in Syrian Prison for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Alaa Farhoud Held in Syrian Prison for 6th Year

Published date : 01-04-2019

Palestinian refugee Alaa Samir Farhood, born in 1983 in Yarmouk Camp, has been locked up in a government-run jail in Syria since November 24, 2013. Alaa was arrested in Qudsaya, in Rif Dimashq. An ex-prisoner said he had last met him in Sednaya military prison in late 2015. AGPS documented the detention of 1,737 Palestinian refugees in Syrian state

27 Palestinians Assassinated in War-Torn Syria

27 Palestinians Assassinated in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 01-04-2019

AGPS documented the death of 27 Palestinian refugees as a result of abrupt assassination in war-ragged Syria. The list includes 18 Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp, among them activists, journalists, and relief officers. The casualties are: Bahaa Saker, Namer Hasan, Feras AlNaji, Yehya Horani, Mustafa Sharaan, Hesham Zawawi, Mohamed Kasem Tirawiyeh, Mohamed Arisheh, Abu Ahmed Hawari, Bahaa AlAmeen, Abdulllah Rezeq, Ali

Homeless Children from Yarmouk Camp Become Addicted to Glue-Sniffing

Homeless Children from Yarmouk Camp Become Addicted to Glue-Sniffing

Published date : 01-04-2019

A video posted a couple of days ago on Facebook shows two children from Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees in Damascus while sniffing toxic glue, in a rising phenomenon threatening the lives of dozens of children in Syria. The bare-chested children were spotted in AlBaramka Square while carrying glue bags. One of the two children said he was born and

Palestinian Refugee Bahaa AlBash Held in Syrian Jail for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Bahaa AlBash Held in Syrian Jail for 7th Year

Published date : 31-03-2019

Palestinian refugee Bahaa Mahmoud AlBash has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian state prisons for the seventh year running. Bahaa was kidnapped on August 14, 2012 from his home in AlMaghareba neighborhood, in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. AGPS documented the detention of 1,737 Palestinian refugees in Syrian state dungeons, among them 107 women and

15 PLA Fighters Pronounced Dead following Break-Away from Pro-Gov’t Forces

15 PLA Fighters Pronounced Dead following Break-Away from Pro-Gov’t Forces

Published date : 31-03-2019

15 members of the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) were pronounced dead after they broke away from the battalion. Several others were tortured to death in Syrian government jails. The list includes Lieutenant Iyas Naimi, who died under shelling in Yarmouk Camp on July 30, 2013. Seven others died under torture: Handball coach Osama AlKhadra, Sergeant Muhammad Hamdan, commander Mohammed Farah

Dozens of Palestinian Journalists Killed, Detained in War-Torn Syria

Dozens of Palestinian Journalists Killed, Detained in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 31-03-2019

AGPS has kept record of the murder of dozens of Palestinian journalists and the abduction of dozens more in war-torn Syria. AGPS has documented the death of 18 Palestinian journalists since the outburst of deadly hostilities in March 2011, among them academics and volunteers. The causalities died while covering scenes on the battleground or while providing civilians with relief assistance

39 Palestinian Women Missing in War-Torn Syria

39 Palestinian Women Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 29-03-2019

39 Palestinian women and girls have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict. The list includes nine refugees from Yarmouk Camp and 10 from AlTadhamun neighborhood. According to activists, several abductions were carried under the security guise. Arrestees’ families have often been subjected to blackmail and extortion. Over 300 Palestinian refugees, male and female, have gone missing in

Palestinian Journalist Muhannad Omar Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

Palestinian Journalist Muhannad Omar Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t

Published date : 29-03-2019

Palestinian journalist Muhannad Mohamed Omar has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government lock-ups for the seventh year running. Omar was kidnapped by the government troops from the office of AlAlem Channel on February 29, 2012 on account of his affiliations with the opposition outfits. The journalist was born in Yarmouk in 1985. He is the father of two

Palestinian Writer Ali AlShehabi Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 7th Year

Palestinian Writer Ali AlShehabi Forcibly Disappeared by Syrian Gov’t for 7th Year

Published date : 28-03-2019

Palestinian writer Ali Sa’id Shehabi has been secretly held in Syria government jails for the seventh year running. Shehabi, an English instructor at a UNRWA school, was kidnapped on December 17, 2012. Prior to his abduction, Shehabi had been taking shelter in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. Frequent calls by international NGOs and activists to unearth Shehabi’s fate have gone

Habitability Condition Assessment of Yarmouk Buildings Ongoing

Habitability Condition Assessment of Yarmouk Buildings Ongoing

Published date : 27-03-2019

The studies company which entered Yarmouk Camp on Monday, March 18, has kept up efforts to assess the condition of civilian buildings and premises located at the main entrance to the camp and near the local municipality in Palestine Street. A member of the company said the delegation was tasked by Damascus Governorate, in cooperation/n with the General Authority for

PLO Envoy & Damascus Governor Discuss Situation in Yarmouk Camp

PLO Envoy & Damascus Governor Discuss Situation in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 27-03-2019

Director-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Anwar Abdul Hadi discussed with Damascus Governor, Adel Anwar AlAlabi, the latest developments in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. In a meeting held with AlAlabi on Tuesday, March 26, at the Governorate Headquarters in Damascus, Abdul Hadi stressed the need to remove rubble from the camp, adding that the committee

Palestinian Woman & Her Daughter Held in Syrian Gov’t Prison for 6th Year

Palestinian Woman & Her Daughter Held in Syrian Gov’t Prison for 6th Year

Published date : 25-03-2019

Palestinian refugee Shamsa AlRashdan, aged 56, and her daughter Asia Kweidar, aged 16, have been secretly locked up in Syrian state jails for six years in a row. The mother and her daughter, both residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus, were kidnapped on April 23, 2013. Unverified sources said Shamsa and her daughter had been spotted

145 Palestinian Refugees Killed during ISIS Takeover of Yarmouk Camp

145 Palestinian Refugees Killed during ISIS Takeover of Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 25-03-2019

AGPS kept record of the death of 145 Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk Camp during ISIS control of the area from April 2015 until the launch of the Syrian military operation on April 18, 2018. According to AGPS figures, 67 Palestinians died during the same period in shooting attacks while 24 refugees were gunned down by snipers. 22 Palestinians were also

UNRWA: 18 Staff Members Dead, 28 Detained/Missing in Syria

UNRWA: 18 Staff Members Dead, 28 Detained/Missing in Syria

Published date : 25-03-2019

To date, 18 UNRWA staff members have perished as a result of the Syrian conflict and a further 26 are missing and/or detained. UNRWA said victims were killed as a result of shelling, sniper attacks, bullet fire, abduction, or blasts across the war-ravaged Syrian territories. UNRWA has 4,000 staff working in Syria. The Agency relies on its staff to

Palestinian Family Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for over 6 Years

Palestinian Family Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for over 6 Years

Published date : 24-03-2019

Ten members of a Palestinian refugee family, including two children, have been mysteriously held in Syrian jails since June 16, 2013. AGPS identified the family members as: Mahira Mahmoud Amayri (born in 1964), Hadeel Mahmoud Amayri (born in 1987), Aseel Mahmoud Amayri (born in 1988), Widad Mahmoud Amayri (born in 1990), Razan Mahmoud Amayri (born in 2000), Suheer Mahmoud Amayri

Palestinian Volunteers Engaged in Relief Mission in Deir Ballout Camp

Palestinian Volunteers Engaged in Relief Mission in Deir Ballout Camp

Published date : 23-03-2019

Members of the Bab AlShams volunteer group in northern Syria have been engaged in the cleaning campaign kick-started some three months earlier in Deir Ballout Camp, where dozens of families displaced from Yarmouk Camp and other southern Damascus zones have sought shelter. Psychological support activities and leisure events have also been occasionally held by the group in an attempt to

UN Data: 5,489 Buildings Destroyed in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

UN Data: 5,489 Buildings Destroyed in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published date : 22-03-2019

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) published the results of an assessment of the damage to Syrian cities caused by seven years of relentless bombardment by the incumbent regime and its allies since 2011. The UNITAR published a damage atlas that uses satellite-detected damage analysis to identify buildings that are either destroyed, or severely or moderately damaged

Family of Missing Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Information

Family of Missing Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Information

Published date : 21-03-2019

The family of Palestinian refugee Abdullah Ahmed Akleh, a resident of AlHajar AlAswad, in Damascus, have called on the human rights institutions countrywide and overseas to work on disclosing the fate of their son, who has been missing for over six years running. In appeals emailed to AGPS, the family said they have lost contact with Abdullah since 2013, while

484 Palestinian Women, Girls Killed in War-Torn Syria

484 Palestinian Women, Girls Killed in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 21-03-2019

Statistics released by AGPS on the occasion of the Mother’s Day documented the death of 484 Palestinian women and girls all the way through Syria’s eight-year conflict, according to death toll data for the period from March 2011 until March 2019. The list includes 240 female refugees who died under shelling; 68 who died as a result of the blockade

Palestinian Sisters Secretly Held in Syrian State Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Sisters Secretly Held in Syrian State Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 20-03-2019

Palestinian sisters Hoda Mahmoud Khatib, born in 1975, and Samira Mahmoud Khatib, born in 1970, have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian government prisons for the sixth year running. The sisters, both residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus, have been held behind prison bars since 2013. Their family continues to appeal to the international human rights

Studies Company Shows Up in Yarmouk Camp to Inspect Damage Wrought on Civilian Structures

Studies Company Shows Up in Yarmouk Camp to Inspect Damage Wrought on Civilian Structures

Published date : 20-03-2019

A studies company entered Yarmouk Camp on Monday, March 18, after it was tasked by Damascus Governorate, in cooperation with the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees, to assess the condition of civilian buildings and premises located at the main entrance to the camp and near the local municipality in Palestine Street. A member of the company said the delegation

UNRWA’s Commissioner-General: Palestine Refugees in Syria Witnessing Large-Scale Devastation

UNRWA’s Commissioner-General: Palestine Refugees in Syria Witnessing Large-Scale Devastation

Published date : 17-03-2019

Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) warned of the scale of destruction he has witnessed in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. “When last visiting the Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, I was confronted with a scale of devastation unlike anything I had witnessed before in almost

Displaced Palestinians in Latakia Appeal for Urgent Intervention

Displaced Palestinians in Latakia Appeal for Urgent Intervention

Published date : 16-03-2019

Displaced Palestinians urged UNRWA and the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees to take serious steps in order to assuage their calamitous situation in Latakia and hand them over much-needed relief aids. Activists said a meeting was held on March 12 at the Social Development Center in AlAyedeen Camp in Latakia to discuss the situation of displaced civilians. A number

Syrian Official: 3,000 Persons Submit Demands to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Syrian Official: 3,000 Persons Submit Demands to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 16-03-2019

Member of Damascus Executive Committee Samir AlJazaerli said 3,000 persons have submitted applications to return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp. On February 4, a petition was handed over by the residents of Yarmouk Camp to Damascus governor Adel Anwar AlAlabi, urging local authorities to smooth the return of displaced families to their homes. The 200-page petition, signed by

Lebanon Hospital Withholds Body of Palestinian Refugee over Treatment Fees

Lebanon Hospital Withholds Body of Palestinian Refugee over Treatment Fees

Published date : 14-03-2019

The body of Palestinian refugee Mohamed Ahmed Eid has been withheld by a hospital in the southern Lebanese city of Sour (Tyre) after his family failed to shell out hospitalization fees. The administration of Jabal Amel Hospital in Sour has rebuffed the appeals of Mohamed’s family to hand them over the body of their son, who passed away on Wednesday

Palestinian Refugee Ahmed Abdul Rahim Secretly Locked Up in Syrian Jail for 5th Year

Palestinian Refugee Ahmed Abdul Rahim Secretly Locked Up in Syrian Jail for 5th Year

Published date : 13-03-2019

Palestinian refugee Ahmed Fakhri Abdul Rahim has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government prisons, where he has been held for the fifth consecutive year. Born in Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, Ahmed was kidnapped at the Ali AlWahsh checkpoint, pitched in Rif Dimashq, on January 5, 2014. AGPS kept record of the names of 1,733 Palestinians secretly

5 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails in February

5 Palestinian Refugees Tortured to Death in Syrian Jails in February

Published date : 13-03-2019

AGPS documented the death of five Palestinian refugees under torture in Syrian state prisons in February 2019. The casualties are: Mohamed Fuad Atiyeh and Khaled Samara, both residents of Yarmouk Camp, along with Faris Balsha and his son Mohamed who were pronounced dead after they had been kept in jail for over five years. The father and his son were

Launch of New Committee to Speak Up for Palestinian Refugees in Northern Syria

Launch of New Committee to Speak Up for Palestinian Refugees in Northern Syria

Published date : 13-03-2019

A unified committee has been formed by Palestinian activists in Deir Ballout and AlMuhammadiya refugee camps to follow up on the situation of displaced Palestinian refugees north of Syria. The five-member committee took it upon its shoulder to transmit the refugees’ voices to the concerned human rights groups and UN bodies. Palestinian families taking shelter in the area continue, meanwhile

Syrian Authorities Drag Feet over Families’ Appeals to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Syrian Authorities Drag Feet over Families’ Appeals to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 13-03-2019

Member of Damascus Executive Office, Samir Jazaerli, said, following a meeting held in Damascus on Monday, March 11, that civilians will not be allowed to return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp before the technical committees finalize their reports about the condition of local buildings and premises, which sustained partial or total destruction during the warfare. The official said he

11 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Fatally Shot by Turkish Gendarmerie

11 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Fatally Shot by Turkish Gendarmerie

Published date : 11-03-2019

11 Palestinian refugees were gunned down by Turkish gendarmerie as they attempted to enter the Turkish territories, fleeing war-torn Syria. The list of casualties includes Mohamed Ahmed AlKhalili, from Yarmouk Camp. He was shot dead while attempting to enter Turkey, along with his wife and children, in February 2016. In March, 2016, 15-year-old Yazen Ghazi Bilal, from Daraa Camp, was

AGPS: 3,920 Palestinian Refugees Pronounced Dead in War-Torn Syria

AGPS: 3,920 Palestinian Refugees Pronounced Dead in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 10-03-2019

AGPS has documented the death of 3,920 Palestinian refugees in Syria, including 478 women and girls, since 2011, as a result of war-related incidents. Yarmouk Camp topped the list with 1,422 casualties, followed by 263 in Daraa Camp, 202 in Khan Eshieh Camp in Damascus countryside, 168 in Aleppo ’s AlNeirab Camp, and 124 in AlHusainiya Camp. 188

37 Palestinian Female Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

37 Palestinian Female Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 09-03-2019

37 Palestinian women and girls have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict. The list includes nine female refugees from Yarmouk Camp and 10 from AlTadhamun neighborhood. According to activists, several abductions were carried under the security guise. Arrestees’ families have often been subjected to blackmailing. Over 300 Palestinian refugees, male and female, have gone missing in war-ragged

On Int’l Women’s Day: Families Slam Silence of Int’l Community over Women, Children Jailed in Syria

On Int’l Women’s Day: Families Slam Silence of Int’l Community over Women, Children Jailed in Syria

Published date : 09-03-2019

Families of Palestinian women and girls continue to voice their deep disappointment over the apathy maintained by the international community, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the human rights NGOs regarding the mystery in which their relatives’ fates and whereabouts have been shrouded in Syria. According to affidavits by ex-detainees and breakaways, Palestinian women and girls have been subjected to harsh

On Int’l Women’s Day: Thousands of Palestinian Women Displaced, Tortured in War-Torn Syria

On Int’l Women’s Day: Thousands of Palestinian Women Displaced, Tortured in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 08-03-2019

AGPS documented the death of 478 Palestinian women and girls from Syria due to reasons related to deadly shelling, lack of health care, and fatal torture. At least 35 Palestinian women and girls were tortured in Syrian government dungeons, some among whom have been identified via leaked snapshots, according to AGPS data. As many as 110 Palestinian women and girls

Displaced Palestinian Refugees in Northern Syria Launch Cry for Help

Displaced Palestinian Refugees in Northern Syria Launch Cry for Help

Published date : 07-03-2019

Dozens of displaced Palestinians who were forcibly deported to northern Syria continue to urge UNRWA and the other concerned institutions to take urgent action regarding their abject conditions. In appeals emailed to AGPS, the refugees expressed their deep concern over the fate of their children in light of the apathy maintained by URNWA and other human rights institutions. Dozens of

Palestinian Poet in Syria Mahmoud Mufleh Awarded Honorary PhD

Palestinian Poet in Syria Mahmoud Mufleh Awarded Honorary PhD

Published date : 05-03-2019

Palestinian author Mahmoud Husain Mufleh received an honorary PhD in poetry from the International Academy of Arts and Media in Egypt. Mufleh hailed the move and expressed his deep pride of the honorary degree, which he said is a sign of the readership’s admiration for his art and poetry. The poet said he received the degree after the academy tasked

Palestinians Kidnapped from Hama Allegedly Sent to Syrian Gov’t Prisons

Palestinians Kidnapped from Hama Allegedly Sent to Syrian Gov’t Prisons

Published date : 05-03-2019

The Network of Palestinian Refugee Camps said the Syrian security forces sent dozens of Palestinian refugees arrested in Hama to Sednaya military prison and to another a jail in Qudsaya. The so-called 215 Intelligence Branch arrested 58 Palestinians displaced from Yarmouk Camp and who reached Hama after they were smuggled through AlSuweida desert. They were first taken to Palestine Branch

Palestinian Refugee Karam Afani Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Karam Afani Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 04-03-2019

Palestinian refugee Karam Ahmad Afani, aged 26, has been mysteriously locked up in Syrian state prisons since September 15, 2013. Karam, a resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus, was arrested in Qudsaya, in Rif Dimashq. AGPS documented the imprisonment of 1,730 Palestinian refugees in Syrian government jails, among them 108 women and girls.

Palestinian Refugee Detained in Greece for 8th Month

Palestinian Refugee Detained in Greece for 8th Month

Published date : 04-03-2019

Palestinian refugee Yasser Fa’our has been kept in custody in Greece for the eighth month running over allegations of assaulting Greek police and attempting to burn state property, among other counterfeit charges. Reaching out to AGPS, Fa’our said he had illegally entered Greece through Turkey on May 20, 2018. He had sought shelter in Moria refugee camp on Lesbos Island

Palestinian Refugee Mysteriously Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Mysteriously Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Published date : 03-03-2019

Palestinian refugee Abdullah Ali Seyam, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, has been secretly held in Syrian government jails since July 15, 2013. He was arrested at a government checkpoint in AlSabina, south of Damascus. AGPS kept record of the incarceration of 1,730 Palestinian refugees in Syrian government jails, among them 108 women and girls.

Afaak Education Center Boosts Academic Output of Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

Afaak Education Center Boosts Academic Output of Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

Published date : 03-03-2019

Over 180 school drop-outs among the Palestinians of Syria have benefited from the education and development programs provided by Afaak Education Center in Wadi AlZineh, south of Lebanon. Director of Afaak Center, Maher Abboud, who was displaced from Yarmouk Camp in Syria, said Afaak’s programs started to see the day between 2015 and 2016 in response to the striking rise

URNWA’S Syria Director Meets with Fatah Official over Situation in Yarmouk Camp

URNWA’S Syria Director Meets with Fatah Official over Situation in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 02-03-2019

UNRWA’s Director of Programs, Syria Field Office, Amanya Michael Ebye, and member of the Fatah Central Committee, Samir AlRefa’i discussed the situation of Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syrian and the vital role paid by the UN refugee agency to assuage the calamitous condition endured in Yarmouk Camp, among other Palestinian refugee camps. In a meeting held a couple of day earlier, both sides

Displaced Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Information over Missing Wife & Toddler

Displaced Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Information over Missing Wife & Toddler

Published date : 02-03-2019

Palestinian refugee Mustafa Mahmoud AlNaser, called Abu Bakr AlHalabi, continues to appeal for information over the condition and whereabouts of his wife Israa AlHariri, with whom he has lost contact since May 2018, when thousands were deported from Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus to northern Syria. AlNasser said that his wife and himself left the area in separate batches, before

Palestinian Refugee Fayad Shehabi Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Fayad Shehabi Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 01-03-2019

Palestinian refugee Fayad Abdul Karim Shehabi has been locked up under mysterious circumstances in Syrian state prisons since November 2013. An ex-prisoner said he had met Fayad, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, in 2014 in Branch 215. Other reports said he was spotted in Sednaya military prison. His exact condition and whereabouts remain unknown. According to AGPS statistics, 1,730

Palestinian Refugees Suffer Upshots of Security Turmoil in Qudsaya

Palestinian Refugees Suffer Upshots of Security Turmoil in Qudsaya

Published date : 01-03-2019

Displaced Palestinian families taking shelter in Qudsaya town, in Rif Dimashq, continue to sound the alarm over the security turmoil overwhelming the area and the heavy deployment of political security forces across residential alleyways. Local activists said a number of young men were arrested by the government security forces in Qudsaya without explainable reasons, amid rising concerns about forced military

Palestinian Refugee in Thailand at Risk of Refoulement

Palestinian Refugee in Thailand at Risk of Refoulement

Published date : 01-03-2019

Over 50 Palestinian families who fled war-torn Syria to Thailand continue to face extremely dire conditions due to the crackdowns perpetrated by the Thai authorities and the absence of serious humanitarian action by the national and international human rights bodies. Speaking with AGPS, a Palestinian refugee—Samer—said he escaped to Thailand in 2012 following the deadly onslaughts launched by the government

Palestinian Refugee Muhammad Amayri Secretly Jailed in Syria for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Muhammad Amayri Secretly Jailed in Syria for 7th Year

Published date : 28-02-2019

Palestinian refugee Muhammad Amayri has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian state prisons for the seventh year running. Muhammad, a resident of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus, was kidnapped by the Syrian government forces on June 2, 2012. An ex-detainee said he had last seen him on December 11, 2013 at the Air Force division in

Palestinian Refugee from Yarmouk Camp Wins Gold Medal in Kickboxing Contest in Austria

Palestinian Refugee from Yarmouk Camp Wins Gold Medal in Kickboxing Contest in Austria

Published date : 28-02-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Hamza AlKurdi, aged 24, earned the gold medal in Austria’s 2019 Kickboxing Championship. Hamza and other students exited Yarmouk Camp in May 2013 on way to Alliance and Sai’d AlAas colleges to sit for exams. He made it in the first examination session and got enrolled at Damascus College of Commerce and Economics, before he headed

Palestinian Refugee Muhammed Muhammed Secretly Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Muhammed Muhammed Secretly Jailed in Syria for 6th Year

Published date : 25-02-2019

30-year-old Palestinian refugee Muhammed Mahmoud Muhammed has been locked up in Syrian government jails since January 24, 2013. A resident of Yarmouk Camp, the detainee was kidnapped from his workplace in Dumar area, in western Damascus. An ex-prisoner who was released from an intelligence detention center in Soumariya on November 11, 2018 said he had met Muhammed in jail. AGPS

Activists: Ambush by Syrian Gov’t Forces Targets 30 Yarmouk Residents on Way to Northern Syria

Activists: Ambush by Syrian Gov’t Forces Targets 30 Yarmouk Residents on Way to Northern Syria

Published date : 25-02-2019

At least 30 persons from Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus, were trapped in an ambush set by the Syrian government forces, on their way to opposition-held zones in northern Syria. They were detained in cooperation with smugglers, according to activists. The same sources said the 30 arrestees, who appear in a live footage circulated on social media

Palestinian Factions Discuss Exacerbated Conditions in Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Factions Discuss Exacerbated Conditions in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 23-02-2019

In a meeting held in Damascus, representatives of the Coalition of Palestinian Factions briefed different parties about the recent Moscow talks and underway contacts with Damascus governor, PLO departments, and UNRWA to rehabilitate the camp and smooth civilians’ return to their homes. In a similar visit paid to Damascus on February 19, member of PLO’s Executive Committee Abbas Zaki and

PLO Envoy in Damascus: Yarmouk Camp Enduring Tragic Situation

PLO Envoy in Damascus: Yarmouk Camp Enduring Tragic Situation

Published date : 23-02-2019

Representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Thursday paid a visit to Yarmouk Camp and inspected works to repair AlShuhadaa Cemetery and remove rubble from residential alleyways. PLO representative in Syria Tawfiq AlTirawi, also member of Fatah’s Central Committee, dubbed the situation in Yarmouk tragic and calamitous, adding that debris-clearance and reconstruction are likely to take long months to

Displaced Palestinian Families Call for Safe Access to Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Palestinian Families Call for Safe Access to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 21-02-2019

Palestinian families who have been displaced from Yarmouk Camp continue to appeal to the Syrian authorities, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian factions, among other concerned bodies, to work on securing their safe access to their homes in Yarmouk. Thousands of displaced civilians have gone homeless after they failed to secure a safe shelter in the southern Damascus

New Committee Launched to Oversee Situation of Displaced Palestinians North of Syria

New Committee Launched to Oversee Situation of Displaced Palestinians North of Syria

Published date : 20-02-2019

A committee to follow up on the conditions of displaced Palestinian refugees in AlMuhammadiya Camp, north of Syria, has been formed by Palestinian activists. The committee said in its founding statement that it has seen the day as a result of the tragic situation endured by the displaced Palestinian families north of Syria, which it said  is a reminder of

Family of Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Information

Family of Palestinian Refugee Appeals for Information

Published date : 19-02-2019

The family of Palestinian refugee Muhammad Ibrahim Ibrahim continues to appeal for information over the fate of their jailed son. Muhammad, born in 1982 in Yarmouk Camp, was arrested in February 2013 at al-Batikha checkpoint, in Yarmouk. Ever since, no data has been revealed on his condition and whereabouts.

Displaced Palestinian Refugee from Syria in Lebanon Puts Up Child for Sale

Displaced Palestinian Refugee from Syria in Lebanon Puts Up Child for Sale

Published date : 19-02-2019

A Palestinian refugee who fled Yarmouk Camp to the Lebanese region of AlBekaa has offered to sell his one-year-old toddler via Whatsapp due to his abject living conditions. An AGPS correspondent quoted the Palestinian refugee as stating that he decided to put up his child for sale after he failed to secure the money needed to purchase milk and medicines

Palestinian Refugee Husam Maw’ed Held in Syrian Jails for 7th Year

Palestinian Refugee Husam Maw’ed Held in Syrian Jails for 7th Year

Published date : 18-02-2019

Palestinian refugee Husam Maw’ed has been held in Syrian state prisons for the seventh consecutive year. Husam was kidnapped along with the Palestinian girl Salma Abdul Razaq at the al-Bashir checkpoint, set up at the main entrance to Yarmouk Camp, on December 30, 2012. Their fate and whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. AGPS documented the incarceration of 1,729

Palestinian Child from Syria Dies following Medical Neglect in Lebanon

Palestinian Child from Syria Dies following Medical Neglect in Lebanon

Published date : 18-02-2019

Three-year-old Palestinian child from Syria Maria Tamer Abu Azarah, taking shelter in Ein AlHilweh Camp, south of Lebanon, after she was deported from Yarmouk Camp with her family, succumbed to a deadly cancer on Sunday. Over recent months, Maria’s family have frequently appealed to all human rights institutions and concerned authorities to cover fees for the treatment of their daughter

100 Members of Popular Front – General Command Killed since Outburst of Syria Warfare

100 Members of Popular Front – General Command Killed since Outburst of Syria Warfare

Published date : 17-02-2019

AGPS documented the death of 100 members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP – GC) as they fought alongside the Syrian government forces across war-torn Syrian, mostly in Yarmouk Camp. Sometime earlier, PFLP – GC’s Deputy Secretary-General, Talal Naji, told Sputnik news site that 420 PFLP – GC gunmen were killed and 800

Palestinian Refugee Adnan ALoulou Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Adnan ALoulou Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 15-02-2019

The fate of Palestinian refugee Adnan Tal’at ALoulou, born in 1962, has been shrouded in mystery in Syria’s state-run prisons. He was kidnapped at the Batikha checkpoint, set up at the main entrance to Yarmouk Camp, on February 13, 2013. Reports released two years ago said he was alive. However, no data has been revealed on his current condition and

16 Palestinian Refugees Detained in War-Torn Syria in 2018

16 Palestinian Refugees Detained in War-Torn Syria in 2018

Published date : 15-02-2019

Meanwhile, AGPS found out that 16 Palestinian refugees, among them a woman, were arrested across the Syrian territories in 2018, down from 28 refugees, including seven women, in 2017. The list of the 2018 arrestees includes six Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp, five from Khan Eshieh Camp, one Palestinian from AlAyedeen Camp in Hums, and another from AlNeirab Camp in Aleppo

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Missing Son in Germany

Palestinian Family Appeals for Information over Missing Son in Germany

Published date : 13-02-2019

Palestinian refugee Muhammad Adnan Talel Amouri, aged 24, has gone missing in Germany for the fourth month. Born on October 3, 1994, Muhammad fled Yarmouk Camp in war-torn Syria to the Netherlands, before he headed for Germany one year and half ago. His family said he suffers from several health disorders and urged the concerned human rights institutions to work

317 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

317 Palestinian Refugees Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 13-02-2019

317 Palestinian refugees, including 37 women and girls, have gone missing since the outbreak of the Syrian warfare, AGPS has found out. Most of those who have disappeared in the country are residents of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. Activists have accused pro-government militias of targeting Palestinians in arbitrary abduction sweeps carried out under the security guise

Palestinian Girl Salma Abdul Razaq Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Girl Salma Abdul Razaq Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 10-02-2019

Palestinian student Salma Abdul Razak, enrolled at the Architectural Engineering University in Damascus, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian government penitentiaries. Born on March 30, 1990, Salma fled Yarmouk Camp after it was struck with Mig fighter jets. She was kidnapped as she attempted to re-enter the camp on December 30, 2012 via a checkpoint pitched near AlBashir

Palestinian Refugees Struggling for Survival South of Damascus

Palestinian Refugees Struggling for Survival South of Damascus

Published date : 10-02-2019

Palestinian refugees taking shelter in such southern Damascus towns as Yalda, Babila, and Beit Sahem have been grappling with dire conditions as a result of the price hike, steep rental fees, and high rates of unemployment. Palestinians are forced to rent homes at prices of up to 40,000 Syrian pounds, a sum that outlives the refugees’ budget. Local municipalities

Foreign Policy: Refugees at Risk as Germany Forces Them to Return to Syria

Foreign Policy: Refugees at Risk as Germany Forces Them to Return to Syria

Published date : 10-02-2019

As the Syrian war draws to an end, refugees are being encouraged to return home by the countries to which they have fled. Those who do so, however, are finding the persecution that caused them to flee has not gone away, Foreign Policy magazine said in a report issued last week. According to the report, a number of those who

Elderly Palestinian Woman in Lebanon Appeals for Urgent Treatment

Elderly Palestinian Woman in Lebanon Appeals for Urgent Treatment

Published date : 09-02-2019

Elderly Palestinian refugee Meriam Mousa Issa, born in 1932, is in need of an urgent pacemaker to help her recover her normal heartbeat. Displaced from Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, to Ein AlHilweh Camp, south of Lebanon, Meriam suffers from cardiovascular disorders, heart failure, and disorders in her normal heart rate. She cannot afford the fees needed for an urgent

Palestinian Refugee Mahmoud Maw’ed Enduring Mysterious Fate in Syria Jail

Palestinian Refugee Mahmoud Maw’ed Enduring Mysterious Fate in Syria Jail

Published date : 08-02-2019

Palestinian refugee Mahmoud Maw’ed, from Yarmouk Camp, has been secretly held in Syrian state prisons since February 2, 2014. Over 1,724 Palestinian detainees have been enduring mysterious fates in Syrian government jails, among them 108 women and girls.

15 Palestinian Refugees Killed following Breakaway from Pro-Gov’t Battalion in Syria

15 Palestinian Refugees Killed following Breakaway from Pro-Gov’t Battalion in Syria

Published date : 08-02-2019

15 PLA members were pronounced dead after they broke away from the battalion. Several others were tortured to death in Syrian government jails. The list includes Lieutenant Iyas Naimi, who died under shelling in Yarmouk Camp on July 30, 2013. Seven others died under torture: Handball coach Osama AlKhadra, Sergeant Muhammad Hamdan, commander Mohammed Farah, Abdul Rahman Khartabil, Ihab Mousa

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Jail

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Jail

Published date : 08-02-2019

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Fuad Atiyeh, sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, was tortured to death in Syrian government dungeons. Atieyh’s death brings the number of Palestinians who died under torture in Syrian state prisons to 569, according to AGPS data.

2 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Spotted in Syrian State Jails

2 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Spotted in Syrian State Jails

Published date : 07-02-2019

Mu’awiya AlHaji who was released from a Syrian government prison said he had met the Palestinian refugee Muhammad Abdul Fattah, a resident of Yarmouk, in jail. AlHaji said the refugee was transferred to the Sednaya military prison, in Rif Dimashq. He added that caught sight of another Yarmouk resident, whom he identified as Alaa AlBakjaji, in the 291 Branch. AGPS

Palestinian Refugee Succumbs to Wounds in War-Torn Syria

Palestinian Refugee Succumbs to Wounds in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 07-02-2019

Palestinian refugee Muhammad Ahmad AlJebali, affiliated with the Free Palestine Movement, died of wounds he sustained in clashes against ISIS militias in Yarmouk Camp, prior to the government takeover of the camp on May 21, 2018. AGPS documented the death of 723 Palestinian refugees affiliated with different warring parties in Syria, among them 12 Palestinians from the Free Palestine Movement

Palestinians of Yarmouk Rail Against Soaring Cemetery Prices

Palestinians of Yarmouk Rail Against Soaring Cemetery Prices

Published date : 07-02-2019

Burying their deceased beloved ones has become a nightmarish quest for Palestinians taking refuge in and around Yarmouk Camp. The refugees find it too difficult to secure a burial spot due to a shortage of land and soaring tomb prices. The residents have been subjected to tough security restrictions as they attempt to entomb their deceased relatives in the Old

Palestinian Refugee Spotted in Syrian Jail

Palestinian Refugee Spotted in Syrian Jail

Published date : 05-02-2019

Ex-detainee Mu’awiya AlHaji said he had met the Palestinian refugee Muhammad Abdul Fattah, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, in a Syrian state prison. The ex-prisoner said Abdul Fattah was transferred from Branch 291 to the Sednaya military prison, north of Damascus, in 2014. AGPS documented the incarceration of 1,728 Palestinian refugees in Syrian government dungeons, where 568 others were

Displaced Families Sign Petition Urging Syrian Authorities to Rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp

Displaced Families Sign Petition Urging Syrian Authorities to Rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 05-02-2019

A petition was handed over by the residents of Yarmouk Camp to Damascus governor Adel Anwar AlAlabi, urging local authorities to smooth the return of displaced families to their homes. The 200-page petition, signed by 3,000 residents of Yarmouk Camp, called on the Syrian authorities to work on facilitating their immediate return to their homes and to rehabilitate destroyed

Elderly Palestinian Woman in Syria Needs Urgent Pacemaker Implantation

Elderly Palestinian Woman in Syria Needs Urgent Pacemaker Implantation

Published date : 05-02-2019

Elderly Palestinian refugee Meriam Mousa Issa, born in 1932, is in need of an urgent pacemaker to help her recover her normal heartbeat. Displaced from Yarmouk Camp, south of Damascus, to Ein AlHilweh Camp, south of Lebanon, Meriam suffers from cardiovascular disorders, heart failure, and disorders in her normal heart rate. She cannot afford the fees needed for an urgent

Body of Displaced Palestinian Pulled from Afrin Valley

Body of Displaced Palestinian Pulled from Afrin Valley

Published date : 04-02-2019

Civilians and rescue teams from AFAD charity removed the body of Palestinian refugee Ali Hasan Amer, nicknamed Abu Hasan AlDabou, from Afrin river,  separating Deir Ballout and AlMuhammadiya refugee camps, in Afrin outskirts, north of Syria. Ali, aged 19, went missing some 20 days ago. His body was found floating in the river. He was displaced from Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian Brothers Ahmad and Muhammed Awad Subjected to Mysterious Fate in Syrian State Jail

Palestinian Brothers Ahmad and Muhammed Awad Subjected to Mysterious Fate in Syrian State Jail

Published date : 31-01-2019

Palestinian brothers Muhammed and Ahmad Awad have been secretly locked up in Syrian government prisons for the sixth year running. Muhammed, born in 1968, was arrested in Hama city on December 26, 2013. Ahmad, born in 1985, was arrested on June 26, 2014 near the Lebanese borders. AGPS kept record of dozens of cases of internment and fatal torture of

Palestinian and Syrian Officials Meet over Situation in Yarmouk Camp

Palestinian and Syrian Officials Meet over Situation in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 31-01-2019

Palestinian and Syrian officials discussed, during a meeting convened a few days earlier, the progress of reconstruction initiatives in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. Damascus governor Adel AlAlabi, Palestine’s Ambassador in Damascus Mahmoud AlKhalidi, and members of the committee overseeing debris-clearance in Yarmouk Camp were in attendance. The meeting culminated in an agreement to carry out rubble-clearance in Yarmouk alleyways

Displaced Palestinians North of Syria Denied Right to ID Documents

Displaced Palestinians North of Syria Denied Right to ID Documents

Published date : 31-01-2019

Human rights activists north of Syria said civil registration offices have refused to issue identity cards to Palestinian refugees who were displaced from Yarmouk Camp and other areas in Damascus and Rif Dimashq. The activists said displaced Palestinian refugees have been denied the right to personal identity documents on account that they cannot be treated as Syrian nationals. The activists

Palestinian Refugee Arrested by Opposition Forces

Palestinian Refugee Arrested by Opposition Forces

Published date : 31-01-2019

Military police affiliated with the Syrian opposition to northwest of Aleppo arrested on Wednesday the Palestinian refugee Yehya AlSarhaan, nicknamed Abu Muhammad, in Deir Ballout Camp over allegations of his affiliations with ISIS militias. Reporting from Deir Ballout Camp, an AGPS news correspondent said AlSarhaan was recruited as a military commander by ISIS militias in Street 15 in Yarmouk before

Situation in Deir Ballout Camp Exacerbated by Road Closures

Situation in Deir Ballout Camp Exacerbated by Road Closures

Published date : 29-01-2019

Reporting from Deir Ballout Camp, an AGPS news reporter said the main access roads to Deir Ballout and AlMuhammadiya refugee camps, north of Syria, have been closed off. On Sunday, the Tahrir AlSham Commission (formerly known as AlNusra Front) abruptly sealed off the road leading to Atama, blocking civilians’ access out of and into the area. The Jindires thoroughfare, in

1,411 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Pronounced Dead since Outburst of Syria Warfare

1,411 Palestinian Residents of Yarmouk Camp Pronounced Dead since Outburst of Syria Warfare

Published date : 28-01-2019

AGPS kept record of the death of 1,411 Palestinians sheltered in Yarmouk Camp since the outburst of deadly hostilities in Syria. 490 refugees died as a result of the heavy shelling rocking the camp; 201 died due to the blockade and medical neglect; 232 others were fatally shot; and 167 refugees were gunned down by snipers. The list also

Luncheon Held by Charity in Deir Ballout Camp

Luncheon Held by Charity in Deir Ballout Camp

Published date : 26-01-2019

A luncheon was held by the Commission of Palestinians of Syria for Relief and Development for dozens of displaced children north of Syria. The luncheon, held in Deir Ballout refugee camp, makes part of ongoing attempts to assuage the tragic conditions endured by the displaced Palestinian and Syrian communities north of Syria. Sometime earlier, UNICEF has warned that children’s lives

Syrian Official: Rehabilitation of Yarmouk Camp Infrastructure Kick-Started

Syrian Official: Rehabilitation of Yarmouk Camp Infrastructure Kick-Started

Published date : 26-01-2019

The Syrian Minister of Public Works and Housing Suhail Abdul Latif announced the launch of works to rehabilitate infrastructure and allow displaced families to return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp and the adjacent AlTadhamun neighborhood, south of Damascus. Speaking with pro-government news outlets, Abdul Latif said preliminary measures will be put into effect sometime soon in order to give

School Outfits Handed Over to Displaced Palestinian Children south of Damascus

School Outfits Handed Over to Displaced Palestinian Children south of Damascus

Published date : 25-01-2019

Yaboos Foundation for Women Empowerment and Development distributed uniforms to primary and preparatory schoolchildren at AlFalouja School in Yalda town, south of Damascus. The move falls in line with a campaign kick-started in September 2018 and aiming to provide school outfits to hundreds of Palestinian schoolchildren in such southern Damascus towns as Yalda, Babilla, and Beit Sahem, after they were

Palestinian Family Continues to Appeal for Information over Missing Son

Palestinian Family Continues to Appeal for Information over Missing Son

Published date : 25-01-2019

The family of the Palestinian refugee Abdul Ghafour Fayez Abu Seyam, born in 1992, have reiterated their appeals to the international human rights institutions, including Amnesty, to work on disclosing the condition and whereabouts of their son. Abu Seyam was reportedly kidnapped in 2013 by members of Tahrir AlSham Commission (formerly known as the Nusra Front) on his way to

Displaced Palestinian Refugees North of Syria Appeal for Identity Documents

Displaced Palestinian Refugees North of Syria Appeal for Identity Documents

Published date : 25-01-2019

Activists and human rights advocates north of Syria have called on the concerned authorities to issue identity documents identifying Palestinians sheltered in the area as refugees who have been displaced from their homeland—Palestine. The calls saw the day after civil registration offices north of Syria have issued alternative identity cards to the Palestinian refugees similar to the ones obtained by

Stranded Students Transferred to Schools Outside of Yarmouk Camp

Stranded Students Transferred to Schools Outside of Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 24-01-2019

Palestinian students taking shelter in Yarmouk Camp were transferred to schools outside of the camp, according to Yarmouk’s education chief Waleed AlKurdi. Palestinian students enrolled at schools located in AlZahira and AlMayadeen neighborhoods, adjacent to Yarmouk Camp, often walk for over two kilometers under scorching heat in the summer or freezing temperatures in the winter to reach their destinations. Families

Cleansing Campaign Launched in I’zaz Camp

Cleansing Campaign Launched in I’zaz Camp

Published date : 22-01-2019

Displaced families sheltered in I’zaz refugee camp, north of Syria, have embarked on a cleaning campaign in an attempt to eliminate rats and enhance hygiene in the area. The moves comes a couple of days after Maram Foundation for Relief and Development, taking charge of the I’zaz refugee camp north of Syria, said it has reached an agreement with the

Displaced Palestinian Families in Qudsaya, Sahnaya Rail Against Gas Crisis

Displaced Palestinian Families in Qudsaya, Sahnaya Rail Against Gas Crisis

Published date : 22-01-2019

Palestinians and Syrians taking shelter in Qudsaya and Sahnaya areas, in Rif Dimashq, have been grappling with an acute dearth in gas supplies. A Palestinian refugee in Qudsaya said civilians often line up for hours outside of local distribution centers but end up getting nothing. He accused the officers in charge of the distribution of handing over gas cylinders to

Pro-Gov’t Groups Remove Rubble from Yarmouk Camp, Steal Civilian Property

Pro-Gov’t Groups Remove Rubble from Yarmouk Camp, Steal Civilian Property

Published date : 22-01-2019

Activists quoted eye-witnesses as stating that pro-government groups in Syria have been clearing rubble in Street 30 in Yarmouk Camp and seizing civilians’ belongings. According to the activists, government vehicles continue to scour the area. Eight buildings have reportedly been subjected to theft-property over recent days. Members of the Fourth Division have allegedly been stealing furniture, iron, aluminum, brass and

Palestinian Refugee Muhammad Shebli Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Muhammad Shebli Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 20-01-2019

Palestinian resident of Yarmouk Camp Mohamed Shebli, born on March 18, 1981, has been held in Syrian government penitentiaries since May 8, 2013. He was kidnapped at the government-run AlHusainiya checkpoint. AGPS kept record of the incarceration of 1,724 Palestinian detainees in Syrian state jails, among them 108 women and girls.

Refugee Tents in Deir Ballout Swamped with Water following River Flood

Refugee Tents in Deir Ballout Swamped with Water following River Flood

Published date : 18-01-2019

Displaced families in the Muhammadiya and Deir Ballout refugee camps in northern Syria have raised concerns about the upshots of the flooding of the Afrin river in the wake of heavy rains. High water levels last week cut off the road between the two camps and nearby zones. Refugee tents are also at a risk of being flooded by water. Children’s toys

Palestinian Refugee Goes Missing in Lebanon

Palestinian Refugee Goes Missing in Lebanon

Published date : 17-01-2019

Palestinian refugee from Syria Ahmad has gone missing in Lebanon since January 15. His condition and whereabouts remain unknown. His family continues to appeal for information, saying the refugee suffers from health disorders. His family can be reached out at the following phone number 70360745. According to AGPS data, over 300 Palestinian refugees have gone missing since the outburst of

$2 Million Allotted for Rubble-Clearance in Yarmouk Camp

$2 Million Allotted for Rubble-Clearance in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 17-01-2019

Member of the PLO’s Executive Committee Wasel Abu Yousef told AlWatan daily that the PLO has secured a sum of $2 million to carry on debris-clearance in Yarmouk. Abu Yousef said contacts have been held with the Syrian authorities in order to boost reconstruction and facilitate the refugees’ return. He quoted Syrian authorities as stating that displaced refugees will have

PLO Delegation Visits Yarmouk, Inaugurates Palestine TV in Damascus

PLO Delegation Visits Yarmouk, Inaugurates Palestine TV in Damascus

Published date : 17-01-2019

A delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) headed by Azzam AlAhmad and Information Minister Ahmad Assaf paid a visit to AlShuhadaa Cemetery in Yarmouk Camp. Sometime earlier, the delegation discussed possible ways to boost reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp. This came during a meeting with Syrian state delegates and Palestinian officials in an attempt to ease the refugees’ return to

Fuel, Bread Distributed to Displaced Families North of Syria

Fuel, Bread Distributed to Displaced Families North of Syria

Published date : 15-01-2019

The Palestinians of Syria Commission for Relief and Development handed over bread loafs and fuel supplies to families sheltered in Idlib after they have gone displaced from Yarmouk and Khan Eshieh camps. The move makes part of a charity campaign kick-started in 2019 to assuage the crises endured by the Palestinian refugee community north of Syria, where they have been

Debris-Clearance Resumed in Yarmouk after 2-Month Hiatus

Debris-Clearance Resumed in Yarmouk after 2-Month Hiatus

Published date : 15-01-2019

Member of Fatah’s Central Committee Samir AlRefai’ said the Syrian authorities updated them on their decision to resume removal of debris from Yarmouk Camp after works have been suspended for a month and a half pending the approval of official authorities. AlRefai’ said 70% to 80% of debris has already been removed from residential alleyways, adding that the follow-up committee

PLO Delegation in Damascus Sheds Light on Yarmouk Rehabilitation

PLO Delegation in Damascus Sheds Light on Yarmouk Rehabilitation

Published date : 15-01-2019

Members of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee Azzam AlAhmad and Wasel Abu Yousef discussed during their stopover in Damascus possible ways to boost reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp. This came during a meeting with Syrian state delegates and Palestinian officials in an attempt to ease the refugees’ return to their homes. Wasel Abu Yousef pledged that the PLO delegation

Over 5,000 Palestinian Refugees Trapped South of Damascus

Over 5,000 Palestinian Refugees Trapped South of Damascus

Published date : 14-01-2019

More than 5,000 Palestinian refugees have been trapped in southern Damascus due to the tough cordon imposed by the Syrian government forces on Babila, Yalda, Beit Sahem, and Sidi Miqdad towns. Speaking with AGPS, a Palestinian refugee said: “Several years have passed by since I last met my family sheltered in Qudsaya due to the blockade imposed on Yarmouk

Abdul Majid Launches Calls for Securing Families’ Return to Yarmouk Camp

Abdul Majid Launches Calls for Securing Families’ Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 13-01-2019

Secretary of the Coalition of Palestinian Resistance Forces, Khaled Abdul Majeed, has also called on the concerned authorities to smooth the return of Yarmouk residents to their homes. Abdul Majeed spoke out against the delay and reluctance maintained as regards the refugees’ appeals for return, urging local authorities in Damascus to press ahead with reconstruction in order to allow the

Festival Held in Yarmouk Camp Stirs Wrath of Activists, Displaced Families

Festival Held in Yarmouk Camp Stirs Wrath of Activists, Displaced Families

Published date : 13-01-2019

Palestinian activists strongly denounced a festival held by the Popular Front – General Command on Friday in the Arab-Palestinian Club in Yarmouk to pay tribute to families of Palestinians who have been killed or wounded while fighting alongside the Syrian government forces during the eight-year warfare. The activists said the festival comes at a time when over 1,700 Palestinians

Elderly Palestinian Refugee Goes Missing in Damascus

Elderly Palestinian Refugee Goes Missing in Damascus

Published date : 11-01-2019

Elderly Palestinian refugee Kamel Ahmad AlAwar, aged 85, has disappeared from AlQabon area, in Damascus, since November 23, 2018, on his way to his home in Qatna, in Rif Dimashq. His family continues to appeal for information about his condition and whereabouts. The missing refugee has reportedly been diagnosed with cardiovascular disorders. According to AGPS data, over 300 Palestinian refugees

Thousands of Palestinian Refugees at Risk as Snowstorm Norma Hits Lebanon

Thousands of Palestinian Refugees at Risk as Snowstorm Norma Hits Lebanon

Published date : 11-01-2019

Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon continue to sound distress signals after the winter storm "Norma" brought flooding, snowfall and freezing rain across the country. Storm "Norma" has caused damages to infrastructure, roads and homes across Lebanon, putting thousands of refugees at risk, scores of whom are children. The storm has caused the collapse of many tents and flooding of

Yarmouk Camp Subjected to Deadly Shelling, Property-Theft in 2018

Yarmouk Camp Subjected to Deadly Shelling, Property-Theft in 2018

Published date : 10-01-2019

Severe crises rocked Yarmouk Camp in 2018 owing to the bloody shootouts between ISIS, AlNusra Front, and the pro-government battalions. The situation took a dramatic turn for the worse following a military offensive launched by the Syrian government battalions in an attempt to force ISIS and Tahrir AlSham gunmen out of the area. An operation launched by the government battalions

Hamdallah: 2nd Batch of Yarmouk’s Reconstruction Money to Be Dispatched Soon

Hamdallah: 2nd Batch of Yarmouk’s Reconstruction Money to Be Dispatched Soon

Published date : 10-01-2019

Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, said efforts have been underway to transfer the second cash batch allotted for the reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Damascus. Hamdallah released his pledges in the Israeli-occupied Bethlehem city, during a meeting with representatives of the committee overseeing debris-clearance and reconstruction of AlShuhadaa Cemetery in Yarmouk. Hamdallah said efforts have been under

Newly-Formed Group Speaks Up for Displaced Palestinians in I’zaz Camp

Newly-Formed Group Speaks Up for Displaced Palestinians in I’zaz Camp

Published date : 09-01-2019

Activists who were deported to northern Syria announced the launch of the Association of Displaced Palestinians in and around I’zaz. The association said in its founding statement that it has seen the day as a result of the tragic situation endured by the displaced Palestinian families north of Syria, which it said  is a reminder of the Palestinian Nakba of

Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon Subjected to Precarious Legal Status

Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon Subjected to Precarious Legal Status

Published date : 08-01-2019

Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon continue to face a bleak future due to their ambivalent legal status and the inhospitality shown by local authorities. Palestinian refugees from Syria are reported to lack legal status in Lebanon. The absence of specific legislation addressing the unique situation of the Palestinians of Syria has made them vulnerable to marginalization within the Lebanese

UNICEF: Lives of Children at Risk amid Heavy Fighting and Floods in Northwest Syria

UNICEF: Lives of Children at Risk amid Heavy Fighting and Floods in Northwest Syria

Published date : 06-01-2019

UNICEF has said that children continue to pay the heaviest price due to the escalation in violence in northwest Syria. The UN agency said it received alarming reports of 80 people killed, including one child. Many families are fleeing their homes as conflict intensifies, with no place to go but to already overcrowded camps hosting displaced families, reported UNICEF. Floods

Palestinian Refugee Hafedh Huswa Secretly Held in Syria Jail for 5th Year

Palestinian Refugee Hafedh Huswa Secretly Held in Syria Jail for 5th Year

Published date : 06-01-2019

Palestinian refugee Hafedh Fyasal Huswa has been incarcerated in state-run penal complexes in Syria for the fifth consecutive year. The detainee was kidnapped by pro-government squads at a Yarmouk roadblock on July 11, 2013. His fate has been shrouded in mystery and none of his family members has managed to reach out to him. AGPS kept record of the internment

Committee Overseeing Debris-Clearance in Yarmouk Meets Palestinian Officials in Ramallah

Committee Overseeing Debris-Clearance in Yarmouk Meets Palestinian Officials in Ramallah

Published date : 06-01-2019

The committee tasked with following up on debris-clearance and the reconstruction of AlShuhadaa Cemetery in Yarmouk Camp met with Palestinian officials in Ramallah, namely the head of the Department of Refugee Affairs Dr. Ahmad Abu Holi and member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Committee, Azzam AlAhmad. Speaking during the meeting, Abu Holi hailed the Syrian government’s decision to boost

Syrian Gov’t Blocks Retrieval of Palestinian Dead Bodies from Yarmouk Debris

Syrian Gov’t Blocks Retrieval of Palestinian Dead Bodies from Yarmouk Debris

Published date : 06-01-2019

The Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) slammed the Syrian authorities for preventing Yarmouk residents from removing dead bodies stranded beneath the mounds of debris piled up in the camp. According to private sources, over 80 cadavers have been left under the mounds of rubble into which civilian homes have been turned in the warfare, particularly in AlUruba

16 Palestinians from Syria Detained in 2018

16 Palestinians from Syria Detained in 2018

Published date : 05-01-2019

AGPS found out that 16 Palestinian refugees, among them a woman, were arrested across the Syrian territories in 2018, down from 28 refugees, including seven women, in 2017. The list of 2018 arrestees includes six Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp, five from Khan Eshieh Camp, one Palestinian from AlAyedeen Camp in Hums, and another from AlNeirab Camp in Aleppo. Three more

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Held in Syrian Prisons for 5th Year

Palestinian Refugee Omar Hejazi Held in Syrian Prisons for 5th Year

Published date : 04-01-2019

Palestinian refugee Omar Yakoob Hejazi, born in 1975, has been locked up in Syrian government prisons for the fifth year running. Hejazi, a resident of Yarmouk Camp, was kidnapped by the Syrian government troops on the Lebanese-Syrian borders. No data has yet been revealed as to his condition and whereabouts. According to AGPS data, over 1,720 Palestinian refugees have

Civilian Killed, 6 Children Injured in Deir Ballout Shootout

Civilian Killed, 6 Children Injured in Deir Ballout Shootout

Published date : 04-01-2019

A civilian was pronounced dead and several others, including six children, were left wounded in violent clashes between Tahrir AlSham Commission and the National Front for Liberation in Deir Ballout Camp, north of Syria. The list of wounded persons includes the displaced Palestinian refugees Thaer Barbar, Osama AlKusaini, and a child called Hajer. Nearly 600 displaced families, among them 325

2 Sick Palestinian Children Left without Treatment in Deir Ballout Camp

2 Sick Palestinian Children Left without Treatment in Deir Ballout Camp

Published date : 03-01-2019

Palestinian refugee  Abu Mohamed Esam urged the International Red Cross, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Turkish authorities, among other concerned bodies, to work on securing urgent treatment for his two disabled children in Deir Ballout Camp, north of Syria. The father said his two sons caught life-threatening diseases in Yarmouk Camp and have not received medical therapy as a

Mahmoud Abbas Pushes for Smoothing Return of Yarmouk Residents

Mahmoud Abbas Pushes for Smoothing Return of Yarmouk Residents

Published date : 03-01-2019

The Palestinian Authority (PA) President, Mahmoud Abbas, stressed the need to press ahead with the reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp so as to allow displaced Palestinians to return to their homes at the soonest time possible. Abbas’ calls were made during a Tuesday meeting with the committee overseeing debris-clearance and reconstruction of the local cemetery in Yarmouk Camp. The committee told

Yarmouk Camp Subject to Property-Theft, Refugees Appeal for Reconstruction

Yarmouk Camp Subject to Property-Theft, Refugees Appeal for Reconstruction

Published date : 02-01-2019

Pro-government militias continue to loot civilian homes in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees, south of Damascus. Pictures circulated on social media networks show a group of thieves leaving Yarmouk Camp while carrying equipment belonging to displaced families. Palestinian families have called on the concerned Syrian authorities, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and UNRWA to work on granting them a safe return

3,911 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Pronounced Dead until End of 2018

3,911 Palestinian Refugees from Syria Pronounced Dead until End of 2018

Published date : 02-01-2019

AGPS has documented the death of 3,911 Palestinian refugees from Syria, including hundreds of women and children, since 2011, as a result of war-related incidents. AGPS found out that hundreds of refugees were killed under shelling and hundreds of others were fatally gunned down. At least 564 refugees were tortured to death in Syrian dungeons while 205 others died

Palestinian Refugee Husam Hamid Appeals for Information over Fate of His Missing Child

Palestinian Refugee Husam Hamid Appeals for Information over Fate of His Missing Child

Published date : 31-12-2018

Palestinian refugee Husam Hamid continues to call on the international human rights institutions to help him identify the condition and whereabouts of his child Hamza, who has been missing for three years after a Greece-bound migrant boat from Turkey capsized off the Aegean seashore on September 20, 2015. Hamid’s family were forced out of Yarmouk Camp as a result of

Palestinian Refugee Mootaz Mohamed Fayad Released from Turkish Detention Center

Palestinian Refugee Mootaz Mohamed Fayad Released from Turkish Detention Center

Published date : 29-12-2018

The Turkish authorities released, on Thursday, December 27, the Palestinian refugee Mootaz Muhammad Fayad, formerly sheltered in Yarmouk Camp. The Turkish police summoned Mootaz to questioning on October 17, 2018. He was arrested right as he turned himself in for interrogation. His wife appealed to all concerned human rights institutions, political factions, and the Palestine Embassy to take urgent action

Activists Warn Crooked Merchants in Yarmouk Camp

Activists Warn Crooked Merchants in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 28-12-2018

Activists have called on residents of Yarmouk Camp to stand on guard to “profiteers” who purchase civilian property at very low costs, taking unreasonable profit from the calamitous situation and state of psychological dismay overwhelming the families. Profiteers have left no stone unturned to purchase damaged property at extremely low costs, particularly in Street 30, Street 15, AlJazeera neighborhood, and

Luncheon Held for Yarmouk Children

Luncheon Held for Yarmouk Children

Published date : 27-12-2018

A buffet was held by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) for children who have remained in Yarmouk Camp and those who have returned to the camp after they fled to other areas in the hunt for a safe shelter. The event came to celebrate the advent of the new year and the end of the first school semester. 65 children

Palestinian Students from Syria Achieve Excellent Results at Lebanon Schools

Palestinian Students from Syria Achieve Excellent Results at Lebanon Schools

Published date : 27-12-2018

Palestinian students from Syria have garnered the top ranks during the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year in the Lebanese region of AlBekaa. Students Duaa Mahmoud AlBekai (1st grade of secondary education) and Rama Suleiman (11th grade) obtained the first rank at AlJarmak School and in AlBekaa for the first semester of the school year. Bisan Abu Issa received

145 Palestinians Killed after ISIS Grabbed Hold of Yarmouk Camp

145 Palestinians Killed after ISIS Grabbed Hold of Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 26-12-2018

AGPS kept record of the death of 145 Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk Camp during ISIS control of the area from April 2015 until the launch of the Syrian military operation on April 18, 2018. Dozens of Palestinians were killed under shelling and others died as a result of undernourishment and medical neglect. Several bodies, including those of activists Jamal Khalifa

Displaced Palestinian Refugees North of Syria Appeal for Humanitarian Asylum

Displaced Palestinian Refugees North of Syria Appeal for Humanitarian Asylum

Published date : 26-12-2018

Dozens of displaced Palestinian families who have been deported from southern Damascus to northern Syria appealed, during a vigil staged in Deir Ballout on Monday, to the human rights institutions and concerned authorities to work on granting them asylum in Turkey or a European destination as a result of their dire conditions in the poverty-stricken area. The displaced refugees stressed

Displaced Palestinian Refugees North of Syria Appeal for Urgent Intervention by UNRWA

Displaced Palestinian Refugees North of Syria Appeal for Urgent Intervention by UNRWA

Published date : 24-12-2018

Dozens of displaced Palestinians who were forcibly deported to northern Syria urged UNRWA to hand them much-needed humanitarian aids with the advent of a freezing winter season. In appeals emailed to AGPS, the refugees expressed their deep concern over the fate of their children in light of the apathy maintained by URNWA and other human rights institutions. The refugees called

Fuel Supplies Handed Over to Palestinian Families North of Syria

Fuel Supplies Handed Over to Palestinian Families North of Syria

Published date : 12-12-2018

The Commission of Palestinians of Syria for Relief and Development distributed fuel supplies to 348 displaced Palestinian families from Yarmouk and Khan Ehieh refugee camps in Idlib, north of Syria. The measure makes part of underway endeavors to assuage the crises endured by displaced Palestinian families in tension-stricken Syria.

Palestinian Refugees Gripped with Dire Conditions North of Syria

Palestinian Refugees Gripped with Dire Conditions North of Syria

Published date : 12-12-2018

Palestinian refugees who have been displaced from Damascus and its suburbs to the northern Syrian province of Idlib appealed to UNRWA to take urgent action as regards their tragic situation. The refugees urged UNRWA to provide them with urgent medical assistance and vital services. During the last quarter of 2016, dozens of Palestinian families had been deported from their shelters

Palestinian Delegation Discusses Reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp with Damascus Governor

Palestinian Delegation Discusses Reconstruction of Yarmouk Camp with Damascus Governor

Published date : 12-12-2018

Palestinian leaders and the Director-General of the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees Ali Mustafa paid a visit to Damascus Governor Adel Anwar AlAlebi at his office in Damascus. The delegation discussed latest developments regarding reconstruction endeavors in Yarmouk Camp and the urgent measures needed to allow the displaced residents to return to their homes. On November 6, Syria’s deputy

Family of Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Girl Appeal for Urgent Aid

Family of Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Girl Appeal for Urgent Aid

Published date : 08-12-2018

The family of the three-year-old Palestinian child from Syria Maria Abu Azarah, taking shelter in Ein AlHilweh Camp, south of Lebanon, after they were deported from Yarmouk Camp, appealed to all human rights institutions to cover fees for the treatment of their daughter, diagnosed with blood cancer. Medics said Maria currently needs four chemical doses weekly.  At a later

39 Palestinian Women, Girls Missing in War-Torn Syria

39 Palestinian Women, Girls Missing in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 05-12-2018

39 Palestinian women and girls have disappeared from Syria since the outburst of the bloody hostilities. Nine female refugees were sheltered in Yarmouk Camp and 10 others in AlTadhamun neighborhood. Activists accused pro-government militias of targeting Palestinians in arbitrary abduction sweeps carried out under the security guise and using them as bargaining chips to blackmail their families.

Relief Commission Distributes Fuel Supplies to Displaced Families in Deir Ballout Camp

Relief Commission Distributes Fuel Supplies to Displaced Families in Deir Ballout Camp

Published date : 03-12-2018

The Commission of Palestinians of Syria for Relief and Development handed over fuel supplies to families who were forcibly deported to Deir Ballout Camp, north of Syria. Every family received 20 liters of fuel, in a measure aiming to assuage the calamitous conditions endured by the displaced Palestinian families in the poverty-stricken area. Tents have been uprooted and others have

PLO Committee Mandated to Follow Up on Debris Clearance in Yarmouk Camp

PLO Committee Mandated to Follow Up on Debris Clearance in Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 03-12-2018

Sources close the Syrian government said local authorities in Damascus governorate reactivated the role of the municipality in Yarmouk Camp and signaled the go-ahead for the creation of a committee, affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), to oversee debris clearance in the camp. Works to rehabilitate Yarmouk Camp are reportedly slated to kick-start between Thursday and Sunday, according to

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Prison

Palestinian Refugee Tortured to Death in Syrian Prison

Published date : 03-12-2018

Palestinian refugee Bilal Hasan Dirbas, sheltered in AlMaghareba neighborhood, in Yarmouk Camp, died under torture in Syrian government prisons. AGPS documented the death of 561 Palestinian refugees, including women and minors, as a result of fatal torture in Syrian state prisons.

UNRWA: Almost All Installations in Yarmouk and Deraa Refugee Camps in Syria Damaged

UNRWA: Almost All Installations in Yarmouk and Deraa Refugee Camps in Syria Damaged

Published date : 02-12-2018

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has conducted a damage assessment of its installations in the refugee camps of Yarmouk, near Damascus, and Deraa, South of Syria. The Agency said it has 23 premises including 16 schools in Yarmouk. Almost all UNRWA premises need major repairs; 75% need to be completely rebuilt and all three of the Agency’s

Palestinian Refugee Husam Ali AlRefai Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 5th Year

Palestinian Refugee Husam Ali AlRefai Secretly Held in Syrian Jail for 5th Year

Published date : 01-12-2018

Palestinian refugee Husam Ali AlRefai, born in 1988 and formerly sheltered in Yarmouk Camp, has been incarcerated in Syrian state prisons for five consecutive years. Husam was kidnapped by government troops deployed at a Damascus checkpoint on May 15, 2013. The reasons for his abduction remain mysterious.

Family of Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Child Appeals for Urgent Help

Family of Cancer-Stricken Palestinian Child Appeals for Urgent Help

Published date : 01-12-2018

The family of the three-year-old Palestinian child from Syria Maria Tamer Abu Azarah, taking shelter in Ein AlHilweh Camp, south of Lebanon, after they were deported from Yarmouk Camp, appealed to all human rights institutions to cover fees for the treatment of their daughter, diagnosed with blood cancer. The family said the child underwent regular checks at Ghassan Hamoud Hospital

AGPS: Over 5,600 Violations Committed against Palestine Refugees in War-Torn Syria

AGPS: Over 5,600 Violations Committed against Palestine Refugees in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 29-11-2018

Statistics released by AGPS on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, observed on November 29, kept record of 5,615 physical violations perpetrated against Palestinian refugees since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict. As many as 3,903 Palestinian refugees were killed as a result of the deadly air strikes, bloody shootouts, harsh torture, the blockade, or

Yarmouk Residents Launch Calls for Urgent Reconstruction

Yarmouk Residents Launch Calls for Urgent Reconstruction

Published date : 28-11-2018

Palestinian families displaced from Yarmouk Camp called on the concerned authorities to allow them a safe return to their homes and press ahead with reconstruction projects. The families said they have been denied access to their homes by the Syrian security forces under the pretext of ongoing debris-clearance works and in spite of an official decree green-lighting their return. A

Palestinian Family in Turkey Appeals for Saving Sick Child, Releasing Her Detained Father

Palestinian Family in Turkey Appeals for Saving Sick Child, Releasing Her Detained Father

Published date : 28-11-2018

The family of the Palestinian refugee Sa’id AlSheikh Khaled, who fled war-torn Syria to Turkey, appealed to the human rights institutions and the Palestinian Ambassador in Turkey to work on releasing Sa’id from Turkish jails and securing treatment for his four-year-old child Malak, whose health has taken a turn for the worse. The family said they had reached Turkey following

27 Palestinians Assassinated in War-Torn Syria

27 Palestinians Assassinated in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 27-11-2018

AGPS documented the death of 27 Palestinian refugees as a result of abrupt assassinations in war-ragged Syria. The list includes 18 Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp, among them activists, journalists, and relief officers. The casualties are: Bahaa Saker, Namer Hasan, Firas AlNaji, Yehya Horani, Mustafa Sharaan, Hesham Zawawi, Mohamed Kasem Tirawiyeh, Mohamed Arisheh, Abu Ahmed Hawari, Bahaa AlAmeen, Abdulllah Rezeq, Ali

Displaced Palestinian Refugee from Syria Represents Palestine at Cyprus-Based Cultural Events

Displaced Palestinian Refugee from Syria Represents Palestine at Cyprus-Based Cultural Events

Published date : 27-11-2018

Palestinian refugee from Syria Firas Abdul Salam Abbas, called Abu AlAbd, has been taking advantage of human rights and cultural events held in Cyprus to make non-Palestinians familiar with the Palestinian cuisine. Firas was last spotted on November 16, 2018 at an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the KISA NGO and attended by the Cypriot Minister

478 Palestinian Women, Girls Killed in War-Torn Syria

478 Palestinian Women, Girls Killed in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 26-11-2018

Statistics released by AGPS on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed on November 25, documented the death of 478 Palestinian women and girls all the way through Syria’s eight-year conflict, making 16% of the overall death toll for the period from March 2011 until November 25, 2018. The list includes 230 female refugees who died

Palestinian Child from Syria Loses Parents in War-Torn Syria

Palestinian Child from Syria Loses Parents in War-Torn Syria

Published date : 25-11-2018

Palestinian girl Sham, aged four, has lost her patents and grandfather in the raging warfare rocking the Syrian territories. Sham was deported from her home in Yarmouk Camp to southern Damascus, before she was sent to Deir Ballout Camp, north of Syria, where she has been taking shelter in a poorly-equipped tent. Sham’s father Omar AlMesri was kidnapped by Syrian

Palestinian Refugee Hasan Leyla Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 6th Year

Palestinian Refugee Hasan Leyla Held in Syrian Gov’t Jail for 6th Year

Published date : 24-11-2018

Palestinian refugee Hasan Ziad Leyla, 26, has been enduring a mysterious fate in Syrian state prisons for the 6th consecutive year. Hasan was kidnapped by Syrian security forces from AlKastal School in Yarmouk Camp. His condition and whereabouts remain mysterious.

Displaced Palestinian Refugee Dies in Turkey

Displaced Palestinian Refugee Dies in Turkey

Published date : 22-11-2018

Palestinian refugee from Syria Mohamed Khalil al-Kurdi, called Abu Rubeen, was pronounced dead in Turkey after his health had taken a turn for the worse owing to the blockade imposed on Yarmouk Camp in Syria for years and the lack of health care services. The casualty was transferred to Turkey for treatment but he breathed his last soon after. He

Syria’s Ministerial Council Tasks Damascus Authorities with Reconstructing Yarmouk Camp

Syria’s Ministerial Council Tasks Damascus Authorities with Reconstructing Yarmouk Camp

Published date : 21-11-2018

A decision issued by Syria’s Council of Ministers during its weekly session, held on November 11, tasked local authorities in Damascus with rehabilitating infrastructure and destroyed facilities in Yarmouk Camp so as to pave the way for the safe return of the displaced residents. Minister of Local Administration and Environment Hussein Makhlouf said the decision aims to task Damascus governorate with missions previously

Displaced Palestinian Children North of Syria Launch Cry for Help

Displaced Palestinian Children North of Syria Launch Cry for Help

Published date : 21-11-2018

Palestinian children who were forcibly deported with their families to Deir Ballout Camp, north of Syria, appealed to the United Nations, UNRWA, and human rights NGOs to lend them a hand in the poverty-stricken area. In a letter to the UN, the displaced children said they have spent six years of their childhood times under a tough blockade, which had

2 Palestinian Refugees Pronounced Dead in Syria

2 Palestinian Refugees Pronounced Dead in Syria

Published date : 20-11-2018

Palestinian refugee Mohamed Ahmad Farhat, from Yarmouk Camp, was killed after he joined the bloody shootouts between ISIS militias and Syria’s government battalions in Teloul AlSafa, in AlSuweida desert, south of Syria. At the same time, a severe asthma attack claimed the life of Palesti