SYRIA / UNRWA CONVOY

24-Apr-2015 00:02:00
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) completed a fourth humanitarian mission to Yalda, Babella and Beit Saham, to the south east of Yarmouk, hosting displaced Palestine refugees and Syrian civilians from Yarmouk refugee camp, part of its wider humanitarian response to the ongoing crisis in Yarmouk.  UNRWA
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STORY: SYRIA / UNRWA CONVOY
TRT: 02:00
SOURCE: UNRWA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 16 APRIL 2015, YALDA, BABELA, BEIT SAHAM, SYRIA
SHOTLIST
1.Wide shot, UNRWA convoy leaving UNRWA compound in Damascus, Syria.
2. Med shot, convoy approaching government checkpoint, two handlers walk past carrying list.
3. Wide shot, UNRWA convoy clearing last government checkpoint before entering Yalda.
4. Wide shot, UNRWA convoy travelling along destroyed street in Babella, local man waves and smiles, (ARABIC) “welcome”.
5. Wide shot, UNRWA marked van and truck going through non state actor checkpoint PAN marked UNRWA van driving away.
6. Med shot, view from inside UNRWA car, UNRWA car travelling through open checkpoint on route to Yalda
7. Med shot, view from inside UNRWA car, destroyed streets.
8. UPSOUND (English) driver “We are now entering Yalda”. “Yes”.
9. Wide shot, UNRWA truck turning into crowded area in Yalda, driving to distribution centre. UPSOUND AUDIO (ENGLISH) “we are going to get out here” “OK” “if we get out you can film us as we enter”
9. Med. Shot, UNRWA truck entering crowded distribution area in Yalda.
10. Wide shot, UNRWA car entering Yalda.
11. PAN Crowd of displaced civilians from Yarmouk waiting for distribution, pushing, shoving.
12 UPSOUND, (Arabic) Man with loudspeaker: “Guys, guys, everyone must come according to his number. Don’t shove, it is useless. The one who doesn’t have a number, don’t stand here”.
13. Wide shot, displaced civilians from Yarmouk pushing through cordon to distribution centre, women duck under temporary barrier.
14 Wide shot, Queue of men walk into walk into distribution centre in Yalda PAN.
15 Wide shot, Queue of elderly women in wheelchairs are pushed into distribution centre. UNRWA worker walks beside.
16. PAN queue of elderly women in wheelchairs wait outside distribution centre, man checks papers.
17. Wide shot, Queue of women walk into distribution centres, pass tickets to UNRWA worker in marked vest.
18. Med shot, Man picks up UNRWA food distribution box from back of truck.
18. Close up man picks up UNRWA food distribution box.
19. Med shot, Man picks up UNRWA food distribution box, walks away past UNRWA worker in marked vest.
STORYLINE
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) completed a fourth humanitarian mission to Yalda, Babella and Beit Saham, to the south east of Yarmouk, hosting displaced Palestine refugees and Syrian civilians from Yarmouk refugee camp, part of its wider humanitarian response to the ongoing crisis in Yarmouk.

The UNRWA mission to Yalda provided humanitarian assistance to 1,000 families affected by the crisis. UNRWA medical personnel established a mobile health point, treating 153 patients over the course of the day.

Those receiving assistance are comprised of Palestinian and Syrian families affected by the recent escalation of violence by armed groups in Yarmouk, including members of the host communities of Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham. UNRWA missions deliver a broad range of critical humanitarian aid to each of these families, including food, water, medical supplies, water purification treatments, mattresses, blankets, family kitchen sets and hygiene kits.

With the facilitation of Syrian authorities, the UNRWA mission met with local community leaders and the Local Relief Committee in Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham. The leaders and local committees, along with SARC, played a critical role to support the expansion of the humanitarian response.

This continued distribution in Yalda and other areas is a powerful demonstration of UNRWA’s commitment to working in partnership with UN humanitarian agencies and SARC to provide essential assistance to all civilians affected by the armed violence in Yarmouk and throughout Syria. UNRWA’s priority remains the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians trapped within Yarmouk and demands in the strongest terms respect for and compliance with the obligation to protect civilians and to establish of secure conditions under which the Agency can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance.

As the vulnerability of civilians inside Yarmouk remains of the highest severity, UNRWA will continue to seek full, unhindered and continuous humanitarian assistance to Yarmouk.
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