UNRWA Condemns Armed Violence in Ein El Hilweh Camp, Urges Restraint

Ramallah, UNRWA on Friday condemned the armed violence that took place in the Ein El Hilweh Palestine Refugee camp in Lebanon, which forced it to suspend all its operations in the camp.

In a statement issued today, the organization called for restraint as violent incidents in Ein El Hilweh continued to shock and frighten camp residents and prevent children from going to school and patients from going to clinics.

UNRWA said the education and wellbeing of more than 6,000 children attending nine UNRWA schools in the camp have been impacted. Two health centers, serving the health needs of the Palestine refugee population in the camp, have been forced to close temporarily.

It is the fourth time in the past month that UNRWA has been forced to close its services due to security incidents.

“We again call on all those involved to respect the rule of law, the sanctity of human life and to ensure the protection of Palestine refugees, particularly of children,” the statement read.

“UNRWA also continues to urge all armed actors to respect the inviolability and neutrality of UNRWA premises in accordance with international law and to take all measures necessary to ensure the safety of UNRWA staff, students, Palestine refugees and installations.

“UNRWA will continue to monitor developments and we will continue our dialogue with all relevant actors to advocate for the safety and dignity of Palestine refugees living in Ein el-Hilweh and to bring an end to the violence,” it added.

Source: Qatar News Agency