Distress calls from Yarmouk Camp : STARVATION & DEATH


63 dead from hunger, medical shortages in Damascus camp: NGO

Zamanawsl / AFP – 26-1-2014 – A Syrian monitoring group said Friday it has documented the deaths of 63 people, including women and children, in the besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus because of food and medical shortages, AFP reported. Yarmuk in southern Damascus has been under a choking army siege since June, along with several other opposition-held areas across Syria, mostly around the capital and in the central city of Homs. “The number of people who have died in Yarmuk camp as a result of their poor health and living conditions, and the severe lack of food and medicine has risen to 63,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Conditions in the camp have deteriorated in recent months, with the price of food and other basic goods skyrocketing, if they were at all available.”Sixty-one of the dead lost their lives in the past three months,” said the Observatory, which relies on a network of activists and doctors inside the country for its reports. Food aid entered Yarmuk last week for the first time in four months. UN rights chief Navi Pillay has warned blocking assistance to civilians “in desperate need may amount to a war crime.” http://www.zamanalwsl.net/en/news/3392.html