PLO says food convoys successfully reaching Yarmouk refugee camp

Published February 2nd, 2014 - 09:38 GMT
Palestinian children hold a protest - complete with fake coffins - in solidarity with the starving and besieged residents of Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
Palestinian children hold a protest - complete with fake coffins - in solidarity with the starving and besieged residents of Yarmouk. (AFP/File)

Food convoys continued Saturday to enter the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus for the third day in a row, according to Ahmad Majdalani, member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization who is following up on the situation of Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria.

He told WAFA that the provision of food and medical supplies will continue all day until sunset.

He said the packages are being directly distributed to the needy families.

Majdalani said pregnant women and the sick will be allowed to leave the camp to get treatment so would university students to join their universities.

An estimated 18,000 people remained in Yarmouk out of an original 200,000 population since the conflict started in Syria about three years ago.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said it was able to distribute food parcels, bread and milk for infants to 1,026 Palestine refugee families inside Yarmouk on the first day after the Syrian authorities had allowed the aid agency to enter the camp.

UNRWA said the food packages have enough supplies to last an average family for only 10 days, adding that “it is imperative that continuous access to Yarmouk is authorized and supported, so that UNRWA can alleviate the deep and prolonged suffering caused by lack of food in Yarmouk.”

It said that it has received assurances that Syrian authorities will continue to facilitate and support the delivery of assistance inside Yarmouk.


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