Aida (Arabic:عايده) (also spelled 'Ayda) is a Palestinian refugee camp situated 2 kilometers North of Bethlehem and 1 kilometer North of Beit Jala in the central West Bank. Named after a famous coffeehouse (maqhah) located on the site in the early 1940s,[1] Aida camp was established in 1950 and covered an area of 66 dunams.[2]

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the camp had a population of approximately 3,260 refugees in mid-year 2006.[3] It is the location of the Al Rowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center.[4]

Pope Benedict XVI visited the refugee camp during his Middle East pilgrimage visit to Jordan, Israel, and Palestine in May 2009.


This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Aida (camp). The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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