UNRWA: 15 Palestinians dead from hunger in Syria camp

Ma'an News Agency, 01/01/2014

View of a street in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, on September 12, 2013 (AFP/Anwar Amro)
View of a street in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, on September 12, 2013 (AFP/Anwar Amro)

BEIRUT (AFP) -- At least 15 Palestinians have died of hunger since September in a besieged refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees told AFP on Monday.

"Reports have come in over the weekend that at least five Palestinian refugees in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus have died because of malnutrition, bringing the total number of reported cases to 15," UN Relief and Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness told AFP.

He warned of a deteriorating situation in the camp, where some 20,000 Palestinians are trapped, with limited food and medical supplies.

"Since September 2013 we have been unable to enter the area to deliver desperately needed relief supplies," Gunness said.

 

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