3,500 children stranded in Yarmouk refugee camp: UNRWA

UN agency for Palestinian refugees reports dire need of rescue for 3,500 children stuck in ISIS besieged Yarmouk

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Militants from ISIS continue their attempt’s to besiege the Damascus suburb as clashes between Syrian opposition rebels and the militants rage on.

"There are some 3,500 children stranded in the camp, while the sick and the elderly continue to die from lack of medical care," UNRWA spokesman Sami Mshasha said Sunday at a press briefing in Ramallah.

Announcing the dire need for help, Mshasha said that though 90 percent (180,000 individuals) of the camp had been evacuated the 18,000 individuals stuck within the camp, a misery made further dreadful by continuous barrel bombings by forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

"The situation in Yarmouk camp is indescribably tragic," Mshasha said.

"The UNRWA has repeatedly urged the Syrian regime to stop striking the camp indiscriminately with highly-destructive barrel bombs which results in civilian casualties as well as massive destruction."

This year’s siege is the second tragedy to befall the Yarmouk camp.

In 2013, over 160 individuals starved to death when Assad regime forces besieged the camp, preventing the entry of humanitarian aid.

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