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Al-Arroub (camp)

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al-Arroub Camp
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabicمخيّم العروبة
 • Latinal-'Arrub (official)
al-Aroub (unofficial)
Palestinian demonstrators against occupation in El-Arrub
Palestinian demonstrators against occupation in El-Arrub
al-Arroub Camp is located in State of Palestine
al-Arroub Camp
al-Arroub Camp
Location of al-Arroub Camp within Palestine
al-Arroub Camp is located in the West Bank
al-Arroub Camp
al-Arroub Camp
al-Arroub Camp (the West Bank)
Coordinates: 31°37′23.18″N 35°08′12.19″E / 31.6231056°N 35.1367194°E / 31.6231056; 35.1367194Coordinates: 31°37′23.18″N 35°08′12.19″E / 31.6231056°N 35.1367194°E / 31.6231056; 35.1367194
StateState of Palestine
 • TypeRefugee Camp (from 1950)
 • Total240 dunams (0.24 km2 or 0.09 sq mi)
 • Total10,487
 • Density44,000/km2 (110,000/sq mi)

al-Arroub (Arabic: مخيّم العروب, lit.'Camp al-'Arrub') is a Palestinian refugee camp located in the southern West Bank along the Hebron-Jerusalem road in the Hebron Governorate. al-Arroub is 15 kilometers south of Bethlehem, with a total land area of 240 dunums.

Since the Six-Day War in 1967, the camp has been under Israeli occupation. The population in the 1967 census conducted by the Israeli authorities was 3,647.[1]

According to the UNRWA, in 2005, it had a population of 9,859 registered refugees.[2] According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the camp's population is 10,487 in 2016.[3]

In 2002, two schools were built in the camp: the Arroup Secondary School for boys, and another school for girls.[2]

Al-Arroub before 1948, supplying water to Jerusalem


On 11 November 2019, Omar Badawi (22) was shot dead by Israeli troops in a nearby alley as he stepped out of his house with a towel to dowse a small fire nearby set off by a Molotov cocktail thrown by youths in the direction of the soldiers who had entered the camp. A video filmed the event. An IDF investigation as of November 2021 has yet to come to a conclusion.[4]


  1. ^ Perlmann, Joel (November 2011 – February 2012). "The 1967 Census of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Digitized Version" (PDF). Levy Economics Institute. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Arroub Refugee Camp United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  3. ^ 'Localities in Hebron Governorate by Type of Locality and Population Estimates, 2007-2016 ,' Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2016.
  4. ^ Gideon Levy, Alex Levac, 'What the Israeli army does to soldiers who shoot Palestinians,' Haaretz 19 November 2021

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