Far'a

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Far'a Camp
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 • Arabic مخيّم الفارعة
 • Also spelled al-Fari'ah (official)
Faraa (unofficial)
Far'a Camp is located in the Palestinian territories
Far'a Camp
Far'a Camp
Location of Far'a Camp within Palestine
Coordinates: 32°17′38.35″N 35°20′39.74″E / 32.2939861°N 35.3443722°E / 32.2939861; 35.3443722Coordinates: 32°17′38.35″N 35°20′39.74″E / 32.2939861°N 35.3443722°E / 32.2939861; 35.3443722
Governorate Tubas
Government
 • Type Refugee Camp (from 1949)
Area
 • Jurisdiction 225 dunams (2.3 km2 or 0.9 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 5,750
Name meaning "Branches"

Far'a or al-Fari'ah (Arabic: مخيّم الفارعة‎) is a Palestinian refugee camp in the foothills of the Jordan Valley in the northwestern West Bank, located 12 kilometers south of Jenin and 2 kilometers south of Tubas, three kilometers northwest of Tammun and 17 kilometers northeast of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the camp had a population of 5,750 refugees in 2006,[1] however, the UNRWA has recorded a population of 7,244 registered refugees.[2]

Far'a was established in 1949 following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on 255 dunams of land. It is one of the few camps in the West Bank that is supplied water by the nearby spring of Far'a, from which the camp receives its name. The camp was under Jordanian and Israeli occupation until November 1998, when it came under the complete control of the Palestinian National Authority, as a result of the Wye River Memorandum.[2]

Most of the camp's labor force works in agriculture and some work in construction in the Israeli settlements of the Jordan Valley. In 1996, the UNRWA built two schools in Far'a with financial contributions from the European Union and by 2005 there were 1,794 pupils. In 2005, 863 families depended on UN food rations.[2]

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