Idlib – Dina Farwana – Safa
Despite the fact that hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Syria have moved to live in the newly established village of “Haifa al-Karmel” in the countryside of Idlib, Northern Syria, after many years of living in worn-out tents that do not protect them from the summer heat or the winter cold, their suffering still continues.
The village, which opened in late 2022 and includes 750 apartments, lacks basic facilities and services, such as a medical point, a school and a mosque, in addition to the commercial market and a main reservoir that supplies homes with water, in addition to the refugees’ urgent need to pave the village’s mud roads, which impede their movement, especially in the winter. .
About 350 Palestinian refugee families live in Haifa al-Carmel, which was established by the Turkish “Hayat Yolo” Association, with funding from the “48 Relief” Association. The area of each apartment ranges between 40 and 70 square meters.
These conditions, which the refugees described as difficult, prompted them to stage a sit-in in the middle of this month. To invite the supporting authorities and the people of the occupied Palestinian interior, and those in charge of the village project, to complete support to improve the service conditions.
At a time when the people thanked the party that funded the project to establish the village, they demanded a review of those in charge of managing the project – the implementing party – due to the presence of a number of problems and errors in construction and construction.
Fayez Abu Eid, the media official in the Action Group for a Palestinian-Syria, says: “All parties involved in the implementation of the village project must complete what has been built, and ensure the validity and readiness of the buildings before handing them over to the Palestinian refugees, who have suffered greatly and tasted the Nakba twice.”
Abu Eid explained, in an interview with “Safa” agency, that “the village was established with the aim of moving Palestinian refugees from worn-out tents, which do not protect them from the summer heat or the cold winter, to buildings that preserve their dignity and alleviate their suffering, until a radical solution to their tragedy is found.”
At a time when Abu Eid praised the step of building the village, which he described as positive, in order for the refugees to protect themselves from what they were exposed to during the previous years, such as tent fires, as a result of bad heating, in addition to flooding them with rain water, he mentioned that a number of complaints they had received from refugees in the village , about the poor service conditions and the deterioration of the buildings to which they were recently transferred.
The Palestinians called the village “Haifa al-Carmel”, in reference to Mount Carmel in northern occupied Palestine, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the port of Haifa, and a large part of the city is located on this mountain, according to the “Action Group for Palestinians in Syria.”--
accusations of repudiation-
Abu Eid added that a number of housing units are not suitable for living, due to the humidity resulting from the entry of rainwater from the roofs and walls of buildings to the upper and lower floors, which has caused diseases for children and adults alike.
He points out that many refugees refused to receive the keys to their apartments, which were allocated by the authority responsible for the housing blocks, and preferred to stay in tents.
About 1,500 Palestinian families reside in the Idlib region and its countryside, the Afrin region, and the northern countryside of Aleppo – unofficial statistics.
They face complex suffering, as they are refugees and forcibly displaced from their official camps, and they live in tents that are not suitable for human living, and they accuse the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) of shirking its obligations towards them.
The media official says, “It is the responsibility of the UNRWA to provide all financial and relief assistance, and basic services to the Palestinian refugees in northern Syria, because they fall within its five areas of operation.”
UNRWA calls for finding a way to cooperate with international bodies. In order to deliver aid to the Palestinian refugees in northern Syria, stressing that they are in dire need.
Abu Eid calls on the authority, the factions and UNRWA to assume their full responsibilities towards the displaced Palestinian refugees in northern Syria.
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