After conducting a damage assessment of its installations in the unofficial camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus, as well as the Dera’a Palestinian camp in the South of Syria, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has concluded that almost all of its installation in the two camps were severely damaged or destroyed in the five-year long Syria civil war.
“The Agency 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 health centers in Yarmouk are completely destroyed. In Dera’a camp, only one distribution center has been left untouched. The other 6 installations, including three school buildings and a clinic will need substantial repairs,” said UNRWA on Saturday.
People have already slowly started to return to Dera’a camp, despite the huge damage and lack of basic infrastructure, it said.Dera’a camp was home to 10,000 Palestine refugees before 2011. So far, 400 families have returned since the government retook control in July 2018.