THE CRISIS IN YARMOUK CAMP
18 SEPTEMBER 2014
Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp
UNRWA distributed food parcels and bread to 337 families and provided medical treatment to 191 patients in Yarmouk today, 18 September. This is the first day of UNRWA distribution after four days without access between 14 and 17 September due to sporadic clashes in the surrounding areas.
The UNRWA team arrived at the northern Bateekhah entrance to Yarmouk at 10:00 and began operations inside Yarmouk at 11:15. The distribution proceeded in an orderly manner until 15:35, when the authorities signaled an end to the process.
UNRWA is deeply concerned that the recourse to armed violence frequently interrupts life-saving humanitarian operations in Yarmouk. The humanitarian situation in Yarmouk remains desperate and UNRWA appeals to all parties to do everything in their power to end the suffering of the over 18,000 civilians trapped there. The Agency will continue to seek from all sides conditions that enable UNRWA to offer a full range of humanitarian assistance and services inside Yarmouk on an uninterrupted, substantial and safe basis.