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Lebanon/OPT: Update on situation in Nahr El Bared camp and related displacement centers as of morning of 24 May 2007

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I - Current Situation:

According to Rapid Assessment by NABAA (http://www.nabaa-lb.org)

Displacement figures

Location
# families
# persons
Children under 5
Children 6-12
Baddawi Camp (5 schools)*
900
4500
1333
3999
Baddawi camp NGOs
90
450
Baddawi (2 mosques)
25
125
Host families
1309
6545
Baddawi Sports Clubs (2)
22
110
Bebnin
24
120
10
70
Bhanin
10
50
5
Minieh
8
40
6
Tripoly
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Total
2386
11940
1354
4069



* The 5 UNRWA schools: Nasera, Ramleh, Kawkab, and Nahr Al Ordon

1) Nahr El Bared:

a. By 23/5/2007: 25 Palestinian civilians killed, 250 injured (80% civilians)

b. No possibility to enter the camp. Evacuation of civilians is under process.

c. 200 houses destroyed (either partially or totally)

d. UNRWA clinics are closed

e. Around 1157 families displaced on 23/5/2007

2) Baddawi:

a. Two committees set up to coordinate; one under the PLO and one coordinated by the Coordination Committee for NGOs Working in Palestinian Communities in Lebanon

b. According to AidLebanon interviews with Baddawi authorities, the number of discpaced could reach 25,000.

c. The referral of wounded civilians was initially to PRCS Safad hospital (Baddawi camp 7 Km from Al Bared Camp), however, currently this hospital is not receiving cases that need surgery but only initial management .They are now functioning only as field hospital ( they have deficiencies of Intravenous fluids, anesthetics medications, and other needed medical supplies ).

d. UNRWA now is trying to referral acute cases needing surgical/medical intervention to hospitals in Tripoli (not possible because of no contract with UNRWA), Maten, and Akar (not accessible because of security obstacles).

e. Other hospitals started to refuse receiving the surgical cases as it is not paid for, and it is expensive to manage if they admitted on MOH expenses."

3) Tripoly:

a. Karami exhibit hall being prepared for 10000-12000 displaced

II - Assessments:

Many organizations are conducting their own assessments (IMC, RESTART...) or waiting for the assessments conducted by UNRWA.

III - Needs:

1) General Needs:

b. NPA: NFI and food items - wheelchairs and other mobility aids - medicine

c. According to GUPW, there is a need for clothing items.

d. Palestinian Red Crescent Society prepared a detailed list of needs which will be distributed shortly.

2) URGENT Medical Needs:

a. Dr. Raad Al Hajj at Baddawi hospital urged to send the following supplies - please call +961 (0)3 037607:

i. Medical Supplies

- SERUM VIRTUES SOLUTION

- SERUM RANGER SOLUTION

- SERUM I.M to be used for minor operations

- ANTIBOTICS ( AMPICILINE)

- PAIN KILLERS

- BETADINE

- ALCOHOL

- GAUZE (Different sizes for wounds and surgery)

- Medications for patients with heart problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure

ii. Other Supplies:

- Milk for children

- Drinking Water

- Water for sanitary use and daily use (No water in the houses at all)

- Bread

IV - Services provided:

1) General:

- The association General Union of Palestinian Women let their centers all open in Beddawi camp to support people coming from Nahr el Bared.

- The association Maison de l'amitié franco-palestinienne distributed around 25 matresses and covers. Their stock is empty. There are 15 volunteers available for any support. They planned to do some recreational activities for children and have some available places for these activities.

- UNRWA clinics in Beddawi are open.

- PRSC hospital in Beddawi is open but overcrowded. The supervisor contacted by HI acknowledged some needs for wounded persons: around one hundred crutches, weelchairs and walkers, water mattresses.

- NPA and local partners planning the implementation of communal kitchens

2) WATSAN:

a. According to UNRWA, UNICEF, and ICRC, there is an urgent need for water since the network is down

i. 21000 liters of bottled water should be delivered by today (Thursday 23/5/2007)

ii. ICRC will bring water to NBC entry point and wait for local committees to distribute

iii. Water treatment plant with 20000 lit/day capacity will be stationed outside camp. Arranging with local authorities to use fire brigades to deliver water

b. AidLebanon will deploy water purification trucks according to needs.

3) PROTECTION:

a. Main recommendations of protection cluster meeting on 22/5/2007; focus on the following issues:

- Unaccompanied children

- Children involved in military activities

- Survey of children by sex/age/nationality

- Identify children with exams coming up

- Disabilities

- Psychosocial support

- Child friendly spaces

- Pregnancy/Delivery

b. Najdeh Association will focus on (by priority):

- Families remaining in NBC

- IDPs in Beirut

- IDPs in Baddawi

Note: This is a working document. Please send any comments, revisions, inquiries, and/or corrections to ghassan.makarem@lebanon-support.org