Damascus: UN completes food aid distribution in desperate Yarmouk refugee camp

Published April 21st, 2014 - 06:02 GMT

The United Nations says its food aid has finished in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus.

On Sunday, the UN announced that the food aid has finished in the camp since a day before.

On Saturday, Chris Gunness, spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), said that clashes had continued in the refugee camp for the past few days, disrupting efforts to deliver aid to the people in the camp.

“This is the tenth consecutive day that UNRWA has been unable to distribute food assistance inside Yarmouk. Given that an UNRWA food parcel lasts for a maximum of 10 days, from tomorrow there will be no UN food in the camp,” he said.

Gunness also called on the parties involved in the violence to facilitate the process of food distribution to civilians inside Yarmouk.

“UNRWA demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means. UNRWA also demands that continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access is ensured,” he stated.

Gunness further noted, “UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk.”

In February, Gunness highlighted the terrible situation of the women and children living in the camp, saying, “Given the context, such as malnutrition which is reportedly widespread, the fate particularly of women and children is of growing concern.”

Large numbers of armed groups, affiliated to al-Qaeda and the so-called Free Syrian Army, are reportedly fortified in the camp.

On January 13, foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria opened fire on a convoy of UN vehicles carrying tons of food supplies to the people inside the camp.

Yarmouk houses thousands of people, who have been experiencing hard times since foreign-backed militants took control of the camp.


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