THE CRISIS IN YARMOUK CAMP
31 MAY 2014
Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp
"UNRWA was cleared to distribute hygiene kits to 453 civilian families in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, Damascus today. Each hygiene kit contains soaps, towels, toothpaste, detergents, shampoos and other items to promote personal hygiene. UNRWA was also cleared to distribute limited supplies of halawa, rehydration salts, vitamins and treatments for scabies and lice infestation. The ninth-grade students who left Yarmouk on 19 May safely returned following completion of their examinations in Damascus City.
"The UNRWA team arrived at the Bateekhah northern entrance at 09:30 and commenced distribution at 10:30. The distribution proceeded in an orderly manner until 15:45, when the authorities signaled an end to the process."
"UNRWA acknowledges the facilitation of Syrian authorities in today's distribution. UNRWA hopes that the recent authorisation to distribute non-food items will be expanded to include critical medicines and medical supplies to civilians in Yarmouk. UNRWA will continue to advocate for continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian distributions to over 18,000 civilians remaining in Yarmouk."