Red Cross update from Nahr El Bared


Lebanese Red CrossLatest report on ICRC activities in the field

The fragile truce in the camp held on Saturday and Sunday, though tensions ran very high.

There was reportedly heavy gunfire on Friday night and some sporadic shooting early on Saturday morning. There is still a steady trickle of refugees abandoning the camp on foot. While figures are difficult to confirm, it is probable that about half of Nahr el-Bared residents are still inside the camp.

During the first days of the fighting, houses and especially infrastructure within the camp sustained heavy damage.

This blogger wonders on the possibility of Palestinian refugees’ return to Nahr El Bared after the fighting comes to an end.

All electricity facilities inside the camp and four water tanks were reportedly hit, plunging it into total darkness and creating a serious water shortage.

☤ Fresh aid delivery to Nahr el-Bared and Beddawi camps.
☢ In Bedawwi camp, refugees lament their renewed displacement.

In Beddawi camp, ICRC delegates spent a great deal of time speaking to the refugees displaced from Nahr el-Bared, gathering information about how they had managed to leave and how they were coping with their current situation.

The older among them fled Palestine in 1948 and lamented the fact that they had now been displaced to yet another refugee camp.

Aid for displaced people in the Bekaa Valley and southern Lebanon
Some refugees from Nahr el-Bared are now staying in other Palestinian camps such as Rachidiyed and El Bass near Tyre, El Jalil in Baalbek, and El Miyeh Miyeh and Ain el Helwe near Sidon.

The ICRC delivered food parcels and hygiene kits to 17 families in El Qaraoun and El Marje, in the Bekaa Valley.


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