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Rafah Camp

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Rafah Camp
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 • Arabic مخيم رفح or معسكر رفح
Rafah Camp is located in the Palestinian territories
Rafah Camp
Rafah Camp
Location of Rafah Camp within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°16′58.87″N 34°15′11.52″E / 31.2830194°N 34.2532000°E / 31.2830194; 34.2532000Coordinates: 31°16′58.87″N 34°15′11.52″E / 31.2830194°N 34.2532000°E / 31.2830194; 34.2532000
Governorate Rafah
Government
 • Type Refugee Camp (from 1949)
Population (2005)
 • Jurisdiction 95,187

Rafah Camp (Arabic: مخيم رفح or معسكر رفح‎‎) is one of eight Palestinian refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. It is located in the Rafah Governorate along the Egyptian-Palestinian Authority border.[1] It was established in 1949 and currently forms part of the city of Rafah. During the period of its establishment, it was the largest refugee camp in the Gaza Strip; however its population has decreased due to migration to the Tall as-Sultan camp, an extension of Rafah camp, which was set up to absorb refugees repatriated from Canada Camp.

According to the UNRWA, the camp has a population of 99,000 inhabitants,[2] This figure includes (in contrast to PCBS census data) Tall as-Sultan. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics 2006 mid-year estimate for Rafah Camp alone is 59,983, for Tall as-Sultan 24,418.[3] The camp is the second largest refugee camp in Palestine. There are 31 schools (20 primary, 11 secondary) run by the UNRWA.[2]

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