U.N warns of extreme human suffering on Yarmouk camp, as aid convoy blocked
U.N warns of extreme human suffering on Yarmouk camp, as aid convoy blocked
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U.N agency for Palestinian refugees warned today of "extreme human suffering" in Syria's Yarmouk camp, with SANA state media saying "terrorists" had blocked aid from entering.

UNRWA spokesman "Chris Gunness" said food shortages continue and that the absence of medical care had led to women dying in childbirth.

He said residents - both Palestinian and Syrian - were experiencing "extreme human suffering in primitively harsh conditions", urging humanitarian access to the camp.

Syrian television said a convoy carrying aid for the estimated 20,000 residents trapped in the camp had been blocked from entering by "terrorist gangs".

It said that "terrorist gangs in the Yarmouk camp prevented the entry of an aid convoy carrying some 5,000 food parcels for those trapped in the camp", adding "the gangs opened heavy fire to prevent them from entering".  

Yarmouk was once home to some 170,000 people but tens of thousands have fled since fighting began in the camp.

Syria is officially home to nearly 500,000 Palestinian refugees, around half of whom have been displaced by the conflict, becoming refugees for a second time.

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