Aid flows to Syria's besieged Yarmouk camp resume after two-week suspension
Chris Gunness, the spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), said on Tuesday that the aid workers have distributed 465 food parcels, as well as 2,000 doses of polio vaccines and 800 small cartons of baby formula in the camp.
"Set against the substantial civilian needs and the protracted closure of Yarmouk, the modest supplies we have taken in are not enough," Gunness said.
He further called on all concerned parties to help “ensure the establishment and maintenance of conditions that facilitate full access to Yarmouk.”
On March 2, Gunness reported that food distribution was disrupted in the camp, saying, "Bad news: looks like there were no UNRWA food distributions today in the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk."
Reports on the same day said that extremist rebel fighters occupying the camp have violated a ceasefire reached with the Syrian government and Palestinians, making the situation difficult for the Yarmouk residents who are in dire need of food and medical supplies.
Khaled Jibreel, with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), told Press TV that the rebels have entered “our sites and expelled our fighters.”
“The agreement was violated,” Jibreel added. The truce had taken hold on February 10 in the refugee camp.
Large numbers of armed groups, affiliated to Al Qaeda, are reportedly fortified in the camp.
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