Shatila refugee camp
The Shatila refugee camp (Arabic: مخيم شاتيلا), also known as the Chatila refugee camp, is a refugee camp, originally set-up for Palestinian refugees in 1949. It is located in southern Beirut, Lebanon and houses more than 9,842 registered Palestine refugees. Since the eruption of the Syrian Civil War, the camp has become a destination for Syrian refugees, receiving mostly the poor Syrians, fleeing their country. As of 2014, the Shatila camp absorbed between 10,000 to 22,000 Syrian refugees, effectively making them the majority population of the camp.
Shatila was set up by the International Committee of the Red Cross to accommodate hundreds of refugees who came there after 1948. They were from villages around the area of Amka, Majd al-Krum and Yajur in northern Palestine.
During Lebanese Civil War
The Sabra and Shatila massacre was the slaughter of between 762 and 3,500 civilians, mostly Palestinians and Lebanese Shiites, by a Lebanese Christian militia in the Sabra neighborhood and Shatila from approximately 6:00 pm 16 September to 8:00 am 18 September 1982.
During Syrian civil war
The camp comprises approximately one square kilometer and thus has an exceptionally high population density.
UNRWA operates one health center and two primary schools within the camp. Non-governmental organizations active in the camp include Al-Najda, Beit Atfal Al-Soumoud, Norwegian Peoples' Aid, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and the Association Najdeh. Since the eruption of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, Lebanon's population has swelled by more than 1 million Syrian refugees. The Shatila camp has also become a destination for Syrian refugees, receiving mostly the poor Syrians. As of April 2014, the Shatila camp absorbed between 10,000 to 22,000 Syrian refugees, effectively making them the majority population of the camp.
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