Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Background information when reading The Arsonists' City

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The Arsonists' City

by Hala Alyan

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Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

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Overhead shot of brick buildings crowded together in Burj Barajneh refugee campLocated on the Mediterranean Sea, tiny Lebanon has the highest per capita population of Syrian refugees in the world, hosting an estimated 1.5 million who have fled from its war-torn neighbor. To put this in perspective, Lebanon is about half the size of Massachusetts with a population of just under eight million as of 2019. It has long been caught in the middle of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and has faced violence and upheaval for more than half a century as a result. Decades before the outbreak of Syria's civil war in 2011 sent an influx of people across its borders, Lebanon was already home to a sizable population of Palestinian refugees — like Zakaria and his mother Hayat in Hala Alyan's The Arsonists' City.

The first wave of Palestinians to seek refuge in Lebanon were displaced by the Arab-Israeli War in 1948. Others fled or were expelled from their homes when Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967. According to the United Nations Relief and Works ...

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