The Israeli Military Government of the Occupied West Bank, yesterday (Thursday, August 5) completed the resettlement of 150 refugees from the Gaza Strip into a former Jordanian infantry camp on a hill between Nablus and Jenin.
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GTV PAN New buildings under construction
GV PAN Building with people walking in and out.
SV's Inhabitants' activity around buildings (5 shots)
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SV Building under construction and GV PAN more buildings under construction (2 shots)
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Background: The Israeli Military Government of the Occupied West Bank, yesterday (Thursday, August 5) completed the resettlement of 150 refugees from the Gaza Strip into a former Jordanian infantry camp on a hill between Nablus and Jenin. The new camp is called "Fahme". The majority of the refugees -- all belonging to 18 families -- have lived most of the past 23 years in refugee camps. Now they have moved into homes made out of the totally renovated army houses. The refugees themselves are doing further conversions, adapting the larger buildings to make a school, a hospital and an occupational training centre for mechanics and metal workers. They will also build new houses for future arrivals. If, as is expected, this resettlement is fully additional centres for other refugees.
SYNOPSIS: A camp on a hill between Nablus and Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank area. At one time it was a Jordanian infantry camp--but now it is the new home for one hundred and fifty refugees. The new settlers, all members of eighteen families, had spent the best part of the last twenty-three years in refugee camps in and near the Gaza Strip--and this plan is their first chance at a settled home.
The resettlement programme has been organised by the area Military Government and, if it is fully successful, there are plans to convert other military camps on even build new townships to rehouse other refugees. The settlers already have begun their own building projects--turning the larger houses into a school, a hospital and an occupational training centre for mechanics and metal workers.
The new inhabitants of "Fahme" as the camp is called, have also begun making new homes to house additional refugees that are expected to join them later. The Israelis claim that the Arab governments have been unable to cope with the problem, and that United Nations refugee organisations have refused to cooperate and have stricken these people off their lists of refugee leaving Israel to carry the full burden of rehousing them and helping them build a batter future even though many of them have been leading their impoverished and nomadic existence since long before the start of the current Arab-Israeli conflict.