Palestinian refugees in the Ein Hilweh camp in southern Lebanon are still facing difficult conditions despite medical aid from Israel and the United Nations.
TRACKING SHOT Waterfront in Tyre.
GVs TRACKING SHOTS Remains inside Ein Hilweh camp. (2 SHOTS)
SV Crowd of children outside tents in the damaged camp.
SCU Teacher inside camp speaking (English SOT)
GV Relief officials trying to restart water supply inside the camp.
SV, GV Refugees receiving medical treatment inside camp. (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 4) "Why don't you start building your homes again?"
CAMP TEACHER: "We, there is no permission here. They don't permit us to built our homes."
REPORTER: "Who are they?"
CAMP TEACHER: "The government and the governing Israelis now."
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Background: Palestinian refugees in the Ein Hilweh camp in southern Lebanon are still facing difficult conditions despite medical aid from Israel and the United Nations. The camp, just outside the Mediterranean port of Tyre, was one of the largest Palestinian settlements and considered by the Israelis as a breeding ground for Palestinian guerrillas. During the Israeli advance across Lebanon, it was virtually razed to the ground, the men were arrested and taken away and 24,000 people left in the open. The United Nations Works and Relief Agency (UNWRA) has supplied tents for basic shelter but, as this teacher in the camp said, the Lebanese authorities have refused to allow the refugees to rebuild their houses. The Israeli government reportedly wants them to move further north and integrate into the Lebanese cities. The Lebanese government does not want to see the camp re-established. Some of the refugees have made their way out of the country with the evacuating guerrillas but for those remaining behind the prospects of a permanent home are said to be poor.