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article imageU.N: Risk of mass starvation at Syria's Yarmouk Palestinian camp

By Paul Iddon     Apr 20, 2014 in Politics
The United Nations has said that the Syrian regimes military blockade of the Palestinian Yarmouk camp, situated on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, could see to the starvation of up to 20,000 of its inhabitants.
The Independent informs us that the humanitarian situation in Yarmouk is, as described by the U.N Relief and Works Agency, "beyond desperate."
The report quotes Chris Gunness of UNRWA explaining that,
"This is the 10th consecutive day that UNRWA has been unable to distribute food assistance. Given that a food parcel lasts for a maximum of 10 days, from tomorrow there will be no U.N food in the camp."
"Even before this there were reports of deaths from starvation, mothers feeding their children with grass and spices picked up from the street. The situation in Yarmouk was already desperate. Now it is beyond desperate."
The U.N News Center also quotes him declaring that, “UNRWA demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means. UNRWA also demands that continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access is ensured."
The Guardian in its report on this horrific development also quotes observers describing this crisis as "unprecedented in living memory."
The aforementioned Mr. Gunness has also said that "the sheer humanitarian facts [of this situation] cry out for a response."
He then gave this sombre appraisal of the entire situation, "Without that, the humanity of all of us must be seriously questioned."
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