"Limited flight options" for Palestinians in Syria

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Filippo Grandi

Palestinians who fled to Syria as refugees have had fewer opportunities than others to leave the country, according to the head of the UN agency which deals with Palestinian refugees.

Speaking in New York, Filippo Grandi the head of UNRWA said of the more than half a million Palestinians living in Syria, around 270, 000 were displaced within the country.

Approximately 80,000 have fled to other countries, especially Lebanon.

Mr Grandi said Palestinians have fewer choices to escape the three year civil war

"The Palestinians in Syria have suffered, by and large, the same fate as all other civilians, Syrian civilians and others, but have had much more limited flight options than other people. Because, I think, the perceived or real sensitivity of their presence wherever they go as Palestinians has played a role."

Mr Grandi is stepping down after 4 years as Commissioner-General of UNRWA at the end of March.

He will be replaced by Pierre Krähenbühl of Switzerland, who is currently the Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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