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Aqabat Jaber

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Aqabat Jaber
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 • Arabic مخيّم عقبة جبر
Aqabat Jaber in the front, Jericho in the distance
Aqabat Jaber in the front, Jericho in the distance
Aqabat Jaber is located in the Palestinian territories
Aqabat Jaber
Aqabat Jaber
Location of Aqabat Jaber within Palestine
Coordinates: 31°50′17.00″N 35°26′30.20″E / 31.8380556°N 35.4417222°E / 31.8380556; 35.4417222Coordinates: 31°50′17.00″N 35°26′30.20″E / 31.8380556°N 35.4417222°E / 31.8380556; 35.4417222
Governorate Jericho
 • Type Municipality
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 6,523

Aqabat Jaber (Arabic: مخيّم عقبة جبر‎) is a Palestinian refugee camp in the Jericho Governorate of the eastern West Bank, situated in the Jordan Valley, three kilometers southwest of Jericho.


Aqabat Jaber was established in 1948 on 1,688 dunams of arid land near the Dead Sea. Prior to the 1967 Six-Day War, the number of registered Palestinian refugees totaled around 30,000. During and after the hostilities, the majority of refugees fled the camp and crossed the Jordan River. Following the signing of the Gaza–Jericho Agreement in 1994, the camp came under the control of the Palestinian National Authority.[1]

Today, Aqabat Jaber has a small population of only 5,566 registered refugees. Non-refugees have moved onto the camp's lands and built illegal homes.[1]

Water availability

Water scarcity is a major problem in this desert area, especially during the summer. The UNRWA is able to provide some water to the camp by pumping it from a nearby spring. However, the Israeli water company Mekorot is the main supplier of water to the camp.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Aqabat Jabr UNRWA 1 March 2005.

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