Since Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in 1967, Israel has ordered the demolition of thousands of homes in the Palestinian Territories and has confiscated land, such as in East Jerusalem.Palestinian Territories, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (McCann 4 Nov 2002).
13 November 2002 | Country Profile
During the Lebanese civil war of 1975–1990, almost a third of the country's population was displaced. By 1990 when the war ended, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of people who had found refuge abroad, about 450,000 persons remained internally displaced in Lebanon (UNDP, 1997). Only approximately a third of them have returned home since.
19 June 2002 | Country Profile
Despite the international focus on the Middle East, little attention has been given to the tens of thousands of people displaced from the Syrian territory of the Golan Heights 35 years ago. The displacement occurred during the Six Day War in 1967 when Israel seized the Golan Heights, a strategic narrow stretch of land overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee.
12 June 2002 | Country Profile
Iraq is host to the highest number of internally displaced people in the Middle East. Between 700,000 and 1 million people are estimated internally displaced in Iraq. Ethnic Kurds, Assyrians and Turkmen have suffered from several waves of displacement over the past two decades, mainly due to repression by the Iraqi government and to a lesser extent to inter–ethnic Kurdish fighting. Shia Arab populations in the south of Iraq have also been displaced from their homes due to government actions, particularly since 1991.
10 June 2002 | Country Profile
The estimates of the number of people displaced due to house demolitions by the Israeli government vary depending on the period considered. There is no figure available on how many of these people are still displaced today.
06 February 2002 | Country Profile
Following the United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab State in November 1947 and the proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948, armies from neighboring Arab nations entered the former Mandate of Palestine and fought against Israeli military forces. At the end of the war in 1949, no general peace settlement was achieved (UN GA Resolution 181 of 29 November 1947 & Government of Israel 14 May 1948 & U.S. DOS December 1998).
14 January 2002 | Country Profile