|• Arabic||مخيّم جباليا|
|• Also spelled||Jabalya Camp (official)|
Jabaliya Camp (unofficial)
House in the Jabalia refugee camp, destroyed by Israeli bombing 2012
|• Type||Refugee Camp|
|• Jurisdiction||1,400 dunams (1.4 km2 or 0.5 sq mi)|
The camp had a registered population of 103,646 inhabitants on June 30, 2002, and is located at the northern end of the Gaza Strip, close to the Israeli border and a village with the same name. The camp only covers an area of 1.4 km² making it one of the most densely populated places on earth. The First Intifada in December 1987 began in Jabalia. The camp has been the scene of much violence in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It is also considered a major stronghold of the Hamas movement. The camp is the largest refugee camp in Palestinian territory.
During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Israel artillery reportedly hit an UNWRA school in Jabalia Camp, killing at least 15 Palestinians sheltering there. A UN spokesman stated: "Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced."
- Projected Mid -Year Population for Gaza Governorate by Locality 2004-2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
- Johnston, Alan. Eyewitness: Inside Jabaliya BBC News. 2004-10-01.
- Israeli airstrike on Gaza market kills 17 and injures more than 150 shortly after four-hour ceasefire was declared, July 30th 2014, Daily Mail
- UN: 'world stands disgraced' as shelter for Gaza children is shelled by Israel, 30 July 2014, The Guardian
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