Palestinians in Syria camp without aid for one month

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Child of Yarmouk. UNRWA/Rami Al-Sayyed

Palestinian refugees living in a camp in Syria have not received deliveries of aid for one month, according to the UN.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, said that despite reports of a truce between the Syrian Government and armed groups inside Yarmouk camp, it is still unable to carry out humanitarian operations.

Eighteen thousand civilians are trapped in Yarmouk in conditions which UNWRA describes as "dire".

Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in 2011, Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus, was home to over 160,000 refugees.

Since December 2012, fighting has caused at least 140,000 Palestinians to flee their homes in the camp.

Armed opposition groups have established a presence in the area, while Government forces still control the periphery of the settlement.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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