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The ICRC and assistance to Palestinian refugees (1948-1950)

30-09-2001 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 843, by Catherine Rey-Schyrr

Abstract of the article " Le CICR et l'assistance aux réfugiés arabes palestiniens (1948-1950) "

During the 1948-1949 conflict in Palestine, the ICRC conducted a major operation for the wounded and the sick, the prisoners of war and civilian victims of the conflict. It was also one of the first international organizations to provide Palestinian refugees with concrete help: to begin with, starting in July 1948, through the delegation it had opened several months earlier in Palestine to carry out its traditional protection and assistance work there ; later, by setting up the ICRC Commissariat for Relief to Palestine Refugees, which, alongside other organizations, acted as a distribution agency within the framework of the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees. In 1950, this activity was taken over by UNWRA.