After months of siege, humanitarian relief reach Yarmouk in Damascus

19-01-2014

 

ARA News

Damascus, Syria− The United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) delivered on Saturday a limited humanitarian aid to residents of the Yarmouk district in Damascus suburb.

Yarmouk, mainly populated by Palestinian refugees, is under the siege of the Syrian regime forces since nearly one year. Several international organizations tried to deliver food and basic supplies to the district, but the Syrian regime constantly refused to allow them under the pretext that the area is taken as a stronghold by some “terrorist groups”. 

At least 60 civilians died out of hunger in Yarmouk, including children and women, and many others were facing danger of starvation before the Saturday’s relief. 

Meanwhile, the head of the Palestinian delegation, who participated in the negotiations regarding the situation of Palestinians in the Mukhayyam al-Yarmouk, Ahmed Mejdelani said in a press conference in Ram Allah that the aids entered through the entrance of Al-Bettikha Square to the Rama Street, north of Yarmouk while bulldozers entered to remove the earth mounds at the entrance of the district.

Mejdelani added that the entry process of aid  was executed in coordination with the Syrian authorities after efforts taken by different parties to put an end to the months-long humanitarian crisis in Yarmouk. 

 

Reporting by: Jewad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

 

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