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Palestinian Refugees From Syria Seek Refuge in Gaza

Some Palestinian refugees from Syria have endured hardships and sought refuge in Gaza, reports Mohammed Suliman.
Palestinian children who were living in Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp before fleeing Syria, hold banners during a protest in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Beirut  January 17, 2013. Banners read, "Man is man, regardless of gender and nationality" (C), "I am a human and I have the right to live with dignity" (L) and "We want protection from hunger and diseases".   REUTERS/Sharif Karim (LEBANON - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CONFLICT)

Following the 1948 Nabka, Palestinian refugees from the northern parts of Palestine, namely Safad, Haifa and Jaffa, fled to the Syria Arab Republic. Palestinian refugees who fled because of the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights in 1978 also moved to Syria. As of now, according to UNRWA, there are more than 48,000 officially registered Palestinian refugees who live in refugee camps, both official and nonofficial, across Syria.

However, because of the bloody civil war in Syria and the violence which has engulfed the country, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled Syria to neighboring countries, mainly Lebanon and Jordan. Of these refugees, a huge number are Palestinian refugees who number in the thousands (though there are no official data).

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