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Israel and the Palestinian territories

Last Updated: Friday August 21 2009 08:59 GMT

Who are the Palestinian refugees?

A Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon

During the 1948 and 1967 wars hundreds of thousands of Palestinians left, or were forced out of, their homes and moved to neighbouring countries to become refugees.

More than 4.6 million Palestinians are refugees, many living in camps in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. They get help from the United Nations.

What happens to these refugees is one of the big topics the two sides disagree on.