UN agency concerned about Palestinian refugees in Syria

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UNRWA concerned about safety of Palestinian refugees in Syria

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is concerned about the increasingly grave situation in Syria, where half a million Palestinians have been living.

UNRWA is also worried about the safety of its staff and the security of its facilities, particularly in parts of the capital, Damascus.

Agency spokesman Chris Gunness said insecurity has made it difficult for UNRWA to deliver services to the people it serves.

"The neutrality and the integrity of UN installations must be respected, and areas where Palestine refugees and other civilians reside must be respected. And additionally, we need access so that we can supply essential goods to affected communities."

UNRWA runs installations at nine official refugee camps and three unofficial refugee camps in Syria. The Yarmouk camp in Damascus, home to nearly 150,000 Palestinians, is one of  the largest refugee camps in the Middle East.

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