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Yarmouk camp received humanitarian aid on Saturday, first time in 9 months

BEIRUT | - February 15, 2016, 09h43

A total of 2,100 families have received food parcels since UNRWA resumed humanitarian operations Saturday: on February 13, the UN agency announced it was able to deliver urgently needed humanitarian supplies to the civilian residents of the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk, Damascus for the first time in nine months.

The camp was taken over by the ISIS group on 1 April last year. Although we did not enter the camp itself, were able to reach the nearby area of Yalda, where nine hundred families from Yarmouk, Yalda and the neighbouring areas of Babila and  Beit Saham were provided with a 35kg food parcel. Although some humanitarian assistance has entered these areas since the last UNRWA distribution in June, 2015, humanitarian needs remain acute.

“There are clear indications that disease is on the rise, particularly among the most vulnerable such as children. There is an acute lack of medicines to treat them,” UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness stated.

“The community indicated that food, non-food items, particularly winter blankets and clothing, but also water, sanitation and healthcare items were the greatest priorities,” he added, explaining that “Access to water remains restricted in Yarmouk, with residents relying on untreated water from wells for their daily needs, resulting in increased health risks for the community.”

“The water network has been down for a long time. We must rely on a small number of wells. My family spends a lot of time carrying jerrycans,” a resident explained.

UNRWA plans to provide 6,000 families with food parcels by the end of the week. The following week, the agency hopes to distribute winter blankets, hygiene kits, water purification tablets and establish mobile health points. UNRWA is coordinating closely with other humanitarian partners and hopes this renewed access, facilitated by the Syrian authorities, will lead to sustained operations in the area. As armed violence continues to threaten the lives and safety of Palestine refugees throughout Syria, UNRWA appeals for donors to increase their support to the UNRWA Syria Emergency Appeal. More than 95% of Palestine refugees now rely on UNRWA to meet their daily needs of food, water and healthcare.

One resident from Yarmouk said: “We are so tired; we just want things to be calm again.” Another said : “I am weak, I am old – I need this food badly.”

Another told UNRWA aid workers:  “People are getting sick all the time, especially the kids with hepatitis. We do not have the health services here to treat them.”

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