UNRWA : 3,500 PALESTINIAN CHILDREN STRANDED IN YARMOUK

UNRWA : 3,500 Palestinian children stranded in Yarmouk (Photo : Memo)
UNRWA : 3,500 Palestinian children stranded in Yarmouk (Photo : Memo)

Yarmouk, 15 Rajab 1436/4 May 2015 (MINA) – Over 3,500 Palestinian children are stranded in Syria’s flashpoint Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has said.

“There are some 3,500 children stranded in the camp, while the sick and the elderly continue to die from lack of medical care,” UNRWA spokesman Sami Mshasha said during a Sunday press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Mshasha said that some 90 percent of Yarmouk’s 180,000 Palestinian residents have fled the camp – which continues to see violent clashes between Daesh militants and Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis militant group for over a month, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

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Moreover, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime forces routinely drop barrel bombs on the beleaguered camp, according to the UNRWA.

“The situation in Yarmouk camp is indescribably tragic,” Mshasha said.

“The UNRWA has repeatedly urged the Syrian regime to stop striking the camp indiscriminately with highly-destructive barrel bombs which results in civilian casualties as well as massive destruction.”

Militants affiliated with ISIS – a militant group that has overrun vast territories in both Iraq and Syria – entered Yarmouk camp in early April, prompting clashes with Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis militant group inside the camp.

Several international humanitarian organisations have said they were incapable of offering aid to around 18,000 residents who were unable to leave camp as clashes rage on between the two militant groups.

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Syria has been ravaged by a deadly civil war since 2011, when al-Assad regime violently cracked down on anti-government demonstrations.

More than 220,000 people have been killed in the conflict to date, according to the latest UN figures. Prior to the conflict, Palestinians living in Syria were estimated at some 581,000. (T/P002/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)