Second batch of aid enters Syria's Yarmouk camp
Published Monday 20/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 12:01
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A second batch of medical supplies and food entered the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp on Monday, a leader of a pro-regime Palestinian faction said.
Hussam Arafat of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command said that 550 baskets of food, children's formula, and medical supplies entered the camp while a number of sick and elderly people were evacuated.
Arafat said that supplies entered through Rama street after a bulldozer cleared dirt heaps blocking it.
Arafat denied that militants agreed to leave the camp, and he said that a reconciliation committee met with militants on Monday at 2 p.m but "they were stalling."
Several attempts to deliver aid to Yarmouk camp have been thwarted in recent weeks due to rigorous fighting within and around the camp.
At least four Palestinians were killed in the camp on Thursday after government helicopters dropped a barrel bomb on it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Militants say at least seven Palestinians refugees died in the attack.
At least 50 people have died due to food and medicine shortages in the camp in recent months, according to the Observatory.
After rebels seized control of Yarmouk in December 2012, the camp became embroiled in the armed fighting taking place across Syria and came under heavy regime assault.
Regime forces eventually encircled the camp and in July imposed a siege on the camp, leading to a rapid deterioration of living conditions.