UN / SYRIA YARMOUK UPDATE

26-Apr-2018 00:01:31
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) warned of “catastrophic consequences of the severe escalation of fighting affecting the Palestine refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus as well as surrounding areas.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA YARMOUK UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

26 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“UNRWA is again warning of the catastrophic consequences of the severe escalation of fighting affecting the Palestine refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus as well as surrounding areas. The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre Krähenbühl, says that he is deeply concerned about the fate of thousands of civilians, including Palestine refugees, after more than a week of dramatically increased violence. The current hostilities have caused deaths and injuries and have displaced around 5,000 people from Yarmouk into the neighbouring area of Yalda, of which 3,500 are Palestine refugees. There are also an unconfirmed number of civilians stranded in Yarmouk, who are in dire need of safe passage from the camp. Those families who managed to take refuge in Yalda have been forced to sleep in the streets or in makeshift shelters.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“UNRWA repeats its urgent appeal to all parties involved in the fighting to exercise maximum restraint to ensure that civilians are spared from the violence, and that measures are taken to prevent unnecessary damage to civilian infrastructure. It calls for the immediate granting of safe passage for civilians wishing to leave the camp and surrounding areas and for the evacuation of the injured, the sick and the elderly. International humanitarian law must be respected at all times.”
7. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium
STORYLINE
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today (26 Apr) warned of “catastrophic consequences of the severe escalation of fighting affecting the Palestine refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus as well as surrounding areas.”

United Nations spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, voiced concern about “the fate of thousands of civilians, including Palestine refugees, after more than a week of dramatically increased violence.”

The current hostilities, he said, “have caused deaths and injuries and have displaced around 5,000 people from Yarmouk into the neighbouring area of Yalda, of which 3,500 are Palestine refugees.”

Dujarric said “families who managed to take refuge in Yalda have been forced to sleep in the streets or in makeshift shelters.”

He said, “UNRWA repeats its urgent appeal to all parties involved in the fighting to exercise maximum restraint to ensure that civilians are spared from the violence, and that measures are taken to prevent unnecessary damage to civilian infrastructure. It calls for the immediate granting of safe passage for civilians wishing to leave the camp and surrounding areas and for the evacuation of the injured, the sick and the elderly. International humanitarian law must be respected at all times.”

Yarmouk camp is home to the largest Palestine refugee community in Syria.
It lies 8km from the centre of Damascus and is inside the city boundaries. Yarmouk resembles an urban quarter, and it looks very different from the other Palestine refugee concentrations in Syria.

Yarmouk was established in 1957. It occupies an area of 2.1 square kilometres to accommodate refugees who were scattering in mosques, schools and other public places
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