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A health center to serve 300,000 Palestinian refugees in Jordan was opened today in the Zarqa camp in northeastern Jordan. The event was attended by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Jordan, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner-General, His Highness Nayef bin Bandar Al-Sudairy, Director General of the Palestinian Affairs Department, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, HE Eng. Rafiq Khirfan and the Governor of Zarqa, Mr. Hassan al-Jbour.
The new health center was built with a donation of approximately US$2 million through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), while the Jordanian Government donated the land. The center, which will provide accessibility for the disabled, will include green areas, a children’s playground and shaded areas.
Speaking at the ceremony, His Highness Al-Sudairy said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with the United Nations and international organizations, is a pioneer in humanitarian work to alleviate the suffering of people around the world.” “The Kingdom fully supports Palestinian refugees, including our partnership with UNRWA and its services,” he continued.
As part of the ceremony, Mr. Al-Sudairy and UNRWA Commissioner-General, Mr. Lazzarini, toured the health center’s facilities and met with health center staff and Palestinian refugee patients.
I would like to express my gratitude to Saudi Arabia for its historic support to UNRWA. This contribution represents the Kingdom’s solidarity with Palestinian refugees throughout their plight. “The construction of this health center is a critical investment that will serve the thousands of Palestinian refugees residing both inside and outside the Zarqa camp,” said Commissioner Lazzarini. “As the agency faces a critical funding gap this year, I also welcome the recent US$27 million contribution from KSA to support UNRWA core services,” he continued.
Notes to Editors
- UNRWA provides health services to Palestinian refugees in Jordan through a network of 25 health centers and four mobile clinics located in and around Palestinian refugee camps. More than one million patients visit UNRWA healthcare facilities annually.
- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed US$1.1 billion over the past ten years.
Zarqa camp is the oldest Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. One of the four camps established in the country to accommodate refugees who left Palestine as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, this camp was established near the town of Zarqa by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1949. 8,000 refugees in an area of 0.18 square meters.
UNRWA It is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.
The United Nations General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with the mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestinian refugees in the Organization’s area of operation until a just and lasting solution to their plight is found. UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods due to the 1948 conflict continue to be displaced and in need of support, nearly 75 years later. UNRWA helps Palestinian Refugees reach their full potential in human development through quality services in education, health, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and rehabilitation, microfinance and emergency relief. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
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