Palestine is ready to receive Syrian refugees, Abbas says

Published May 24th, 2016 - 01:51 GMT
Abu Mazen told the World Humanitarian Summit that Palestine had been working to meet its responsibilities (AFP / File)
Abu Mazen told the World Humanitarian Summit that Palestine had been working to meet its responsibilities (AFP / File)

President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that Palestine is ready to receive thousands of Syrian refugees – despite the fact that Israeli restrictions mean it’s likely impossible any will set foot there.

Speaking at the World Humanitarian Summit on Tuesday, Abbas said Palestine was taking responsibility for humanitarian aid around the world, despite the Israeli occupation and a lack of resources.

Palestinians remain one of the largest refugee populations in the world, and large numbers of those displaced in the founding of Israel and subsequent wars now live in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Israel – which now controls all movement in and out of Palestinian territory – has not, as yet, accepted any Syrian refugees save for particular emergency cases.

Gulf states, too, have come under heavy criticism for failing to support Syrians fleeing war.

Abu Mazen drew attention to Palestinian efforts in peace negotiations with Israel and urged world leaders to support UNRWA with increased funding.


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