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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
25 August 2015


25 August 2015

24 August 2015 Issue No. 41

UNRWA conducted humanitarian operations in Yalda today, providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities. In late July, 2015, UNRWA received credible reports of an outbreak of typhoid in Yarmouk and its surrounding areas, threatening the lives and wellbeing of thousands of civilians.


UNRWA medical personnel established a health point in Yalda, treating 360 patients over the course of the day. This included fifteen suspected cases of typhoid, 1 suspected case of hepatitis and 5 suspected cases of scabies.

As high summer temperatures and regular interruptions in water supply continue to affect Damascus, communicable illness remains a source of profound vulnerability for civilians residing in Yarmouk and the neighbouring areas of Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham.

Health services in these areas are extremely limited and lack the capacity to respond to major outbreaks. For this reason, it is vital that UNRWA medical assistance continues on an indefinite basis and is expanded to include other humanitarian support.

UNRWA’s priority remains the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians within Yarmouk itself and reiterates its strong demand for respect and compliance with obligations to protect civilians and to establish secure conditions under which UNRWA can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance.

The vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk remains of the highest severity. UNRWA is deeply concerned that without access, the most basic humanitarian needs of Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including many children, continue to be left unmet.


As armed violence continues to threaten the lives and safety of Palestine refugees throughout Syria, UNRWA appeals for donors to increase their support to the UNRWA Syria Crisis Appeal, which has received only 31% of the funds needed for 2015.

More than 95% of Palestine refugees now rely on UNRWA to meet their daily needs of food, water and healthcare.

Priority interventions include cash assistance, which enables UNRWA to serve 460,000 Palestine refugees in need. Additional funding is also required for critical non-food items including blankets, mattresses and hygiene kits for displaced Palestine refugee families throughout Syria.

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