mercredi 21 juin 2017

On World Refugee Day, Estimates Show 66% of Palestinians Became Refugees in 1948

Lors de la Journée Mondiale des Réfugiés, les estimations montrent que 66% des Palestiniens sont devenus réfugiés en 1948

Nakba 1948 Palestine - Jaramana Refugee Camp, 
Damascus, Syria (Photo: Adnanmuf, file)

On the anniversary of World Refugee Day, and one month after the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” it is estimated that 66 percent of Palestinians who were living in British-Mandate Palestine in 1948 were expelled from historic Palestine and displaced, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).

Today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN agency responsible for providing services to millions of Palestinian refugees, estimates that the number of registered Palestinian refugees in 2016 amounted to about 5.9 million, PCBS noted, highlighting that this figure was representative of a minimum number.

As of 2016, Palestinian refugees in the West Bank registered with UNRWA accounted for 17 percent of the total refugees registered with the organization, while refugees in Gaza accounted for ...

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