Neglecting plight of Palestine refugees "risk world cannot take"

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A mother and her son find relief upon receiving an UNRWA food parcel. Yarmouk, Damascus. Credit: UNRWA Archives

The Palestine refugee crisis in the Near East is "unsustainable", the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has warned.

On World Refugee Day, Pierre Krähenbühl said the number of refugees is projected to increase to over 6 million in 2021 and the number of "poor" people will rise to 1.7 million.

He argued that neglecting the plight of the Palestine refugees is a "risk the world cannot take".

Meanwhile on Syria, Mr Krähenbühl said over half of the 12 Palestinian refugee camps UNRWA works in have transformed into "theatres of war".

He began by telling Jocelyne Sambira how many registered refugees were in Syria.

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