NEW YORK, 15th January, 2016 (WAM) — The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, has launched its US$ 817 million emergency appeals for Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory where hundreds of refugees continue to experience the relentless effects of conflict, occupation and blockade.

The majority of the estimated 450,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria are displaced and 95 percent of them rely on UNRWA for assistance.

Thousands remain trapped in areas of active conflict, where they face appalling suffering. Tens of thousands have fled to Lebanon and Jordan where they face increasing marginalisation and despair.

According to the UNRWA statement, Palestinian refugees in the occupied territories are exposed to the lasting consequences of an occupation now approaching 50 years and a decade-long blockade, which define every aspect of their lives.

While in the year 2000, roughly 80,000 people in Gaza were reliant on humanitarian assistance, the figure has risen to over 830,000 today. In the West Bank, settlement building activity has left many thousands at risk of forced displacement and dispossession, UNRWA added.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some five million registered Palestinian refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.