Palestinian aid convoy to Syria turned back after shots fired

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Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria. Photo: IRIN/Gabriela Keller

A convoy of relief supplies destined for Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has been forced to turn back after being diverted into an area of armed conflict.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) says that the Syrian authorities forced the convoy to drive some 20 kilometres through an area of intense armed conflict.

It had to turn back when a bulldozer that was clearing the road ahead of the convoy was fired upon.

The Spokesperson for the Un Secretary-General, Martin Nesirky says UNWRA will attempt another delivery of the aid.

"This is an extremely disappointing setback for the residents of Yarmouk, who continue to live in inhumanely wretched conditions. The Relief and Works Agency remains undaunted by these frustrating impediments and is already pressing the Syrian authorities to support a further attempt to deliver humanitarian assistance to Yarmouk."

Yarmouk is a camp for Palestinaian refugees established in 1957 and located just south of Damascus, the capital of Syria.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations .

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