Starvation warfare continues in Damascus

20-02-2014

 

ARA News

Damascus, Syria– At least seven civilians starved to death on Tuesday in Mukhaiyam al-Yarmouk district −with a majority of Palestinian refugees− in Damascus and Duma city in the countryside of Damascus due to the siege imposed by the regime forces.  

A media activist based in Damascus told ARA News that 7 civilians, among them children, starved in Yarmouk and Duma due to malnutrition and dehydration resulting from the siege imposed by the regime forces in both areas on Monday and Tuesday. 

Over 8 months of siege by the Syrian regime forces, more than 100 civilians have reportedly starved, as the regional and international efforts failed to end the siege. 

A number of residents of Mukhaiyam al-Yarmouk −mostly Palestinians− have been evacuated by the Syrian Red Crescent and other relief agencies. However, many others were left to death amid a sharp shortage of food supplies in the district. 

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) launched last month a relief campaign to rescue hundreds of families by distributing food supplies in Yarmouk. However, the distribution process stopped about 10 days ago due to pressures by the Syrian regime which claimed that the district was taken as a stronghold by “terrorists”.

 

Reporting by: Jewad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

 

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