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al-Am'ari Refugee Camp
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabicمخيّم الأمعري
al-Am'ari Refugee Camp
al-Am'ari Refugee Camp
al-Am'ari Refugee Camp is located in State of Palestine
al-Am'ari Refugee Camp
al-Am'ari Refugee Camp
Location of al-Am'ari Refugee Camp within Palestine
Coordinates: 31°53′38.60″N 35°12′41.52″E / 31.8940556°N 35.2115333°E / 31.8940556; 35.2115333Coordinates: 31°53′38.60″N 35°12′41.52″E / 31.8940556°N 35.2115333°E / 31.8940556; 35.2115333
StateState of Palestine
GovernorateRamallah and al-Bireh
 • TypeRefugee Camp
 • Total96 dunams (0.096 km2 or 0.037 sq mi)
 • Total5,719
 • Density60,000/km2 (150,000/sq mi)

al-Am'ari Refugee Camp (Arabic: مخيّم الأمعري) is a Palestinian refugee camp in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, located 2 kilometers South of Al Bireh in the central West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the camp had a population of 5,719 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[1] The al-Am'ari camp has 10,377 registered refugees.[2]


Refugee in front of his tent in the camp in 1950

The al-Am'ari camp was established in 1949 on 90 dunums within the municipal boundaries of al-Bireh. By 1957, all tents in the camp were replaced with cement block shelters. Like most of the West Bank camps, Amari suffers from overcrowding, poor sewerage and water networks. The camp falls in under Palestinian Authority control.[2] The refugee camp has 2 schools, the boys school has 1250 pupils and the girls school has 970 pupils.[2]

During the First Intifada on 3 April 1989 Muhammad Ismail, aged 20, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers. Eleven months later the Central Command military advocate concluded that soldiers did not deviate from orders and the file be closed.[3]

The al-Am'ari camp's football team has won the Palestine football championship several times and has been designated to represent Palestine in regional and international competitions.[2]

Ramzi Aburedwan was raised in Am'ari.[4][5]

In 2016, the German rapper Kollegah founded the "Kollegah educational school", which provides education for the children living in the camp.[6]


  1. ^ Localities in Ramallah & Al Bireh Governorate by Type of Locality and Population Estimates, 2007-2016 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)
  2. ^ a b c d The Camp administered by the United Nations subsidiary organ, UNRWA
  3. ^ Talmor, Ronny (translated by Ralph Mandel) (1990) The Use of Firearms - By the Security Forces in the Occupied Territories. B'Tselem. download p. 75,78,81 MK Yair Tsaban to defence ministers Yitzhak Rabin & Yitzhak Shamir
  4. ^ Gray, Louise (September 2012). "Reflections of Palestine". New Internationalist (455): 34.
  5. ^ Flood, Zoe (8 December 2008). "Palestine's secret oasis". New Statesman. 137 (4926): 56–57.
  6. ^ Bosshaft TV (2016-11-29), KOLLEGAH IN PALÄSTINA (Eine StreetCinema Dokumentation), archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2016-11-30

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