14 February 2016
“We are so tired; we just want things to be calm again.” - Yarmouk resident
“People are getting sick all the time, especially the kids with hepatitis. We do not have the health services here to treat them.” - Yarmouk resident
On 13 February 2016, UNRWA conducted its first distribution of food assistance in Yalda since June 2015. Nine hundred families from Yalda, Babila, Beit Saham and Yarmouk were each provided with a 35 kg food parcel.
• UNRWA provided a total of 900 family food parcels from a new distribution point in Yalda, serving civilians residing in Yalda, Babila, Beit Saham and Yarmouk.
• Although some humanitarian assistance has entered these areas since the last UNRWA distribution in June 2015, humanitarian needs remain acute. The community indicated that food; non-food items (particularly winter blankets and clothing); water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and health care were the greatest priorities.
• UNRWA plans to continue distribution operations tomorrow (14 February), aiming to provide 6,000 families with food parcels by the end of the week. The following week, UNRWA hopes to distribute winter blankets, hygiene kits, and water purification tablets and establish mobile health points.
• UNRWA is coordinating closely with other humanitarian partners and hopes this renewed access, facilitated by the Syrian authorities, will lead to sustained operations in the area.
CALL FOR SUPPORT
• 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 2016 UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal.
• More than 95 per cent of Palestine refugees now rely on UNRWA to meet their daily needs of food, water and health care.