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NGO: 63 dead from hunger, medical shortages in Yarmouk
Published Friday 24/01/2014 (updated) 31/01/2014 11:22
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Syrian Red Crescent workers evacuate children from the besieged
Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital Damascus
on January 19, 2014 (AFP/File)
BEIRUT (AFP) -- A Syrian monitoring group said Friday it has documented the deaths of 63 people, including women and children, in the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus because of food and medical shortages.

Yarmouk in southern Damascus has been under a choking army siege since June, along with several other opposition-held areas across Syria, mostly around the capital and in the central city of Homs.

"The number of people who have died in Yarmuk camp as a result of their poor health and living conditions, and the severe lack of food and medicine has risen to 63," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Conditions in the camp have deteriorated in recent months, with the price of food and other basic goods skyrocketing, if they were at all available.

"Sixty-one of the dead lost their lives in the past three months," said the Observatory, which relies on a network of activists and doctors inside the country for its reports.

Food aid entered Yarmouk last week for the first time in four months.

UN rights chief Navi Pillay has warned blocking assistance to civilians "in desperate need may amount to a war crime."

Activists in other besieged areas have also complained of dismal conditions.

In Homs, activists say hundreds of families have been holed up for nearly 600 days in a handful of districts still held by rebels.

They come under near-daily shelling and activists there say they have run out of most food supplies, and that residents now have little more than olives to survive on.

In a bid to shed light on their circumstances, activists in Homs launched a campaign this week, putting up yellow signposts inscribed with slogans describing life in the rebel areas.

"For two years, 300 children have had no schooling," reads one, according to photographs shared by Homs-based activist Yazan.

"One hundred people need urgent surgery," reads another, held up by a young man on one of Homs' heavily damaged streets.

In the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus, conditions of life are also dire, said activist Tareq al-Dimashqi, who spoke to AFP via Skype.

"No one can provide for themselves, and when food does come in, it is at crazy prices," he said.

Meanwhile fighting raged across, Syria the Observatory said, as the so-called Geneva II peace talks offered no respite to the war-torn country.

Government troops shelled the Eastern Ghouta area where rebels were battling regime forces backed by Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and the Iraqi Abul Fadl al-Abbas brigade.

Clashes continued in the historic Old City area of Aleppo, Syria's onetime commercial capital, now ruined a year and a half on from a massive rebel offensive.

Syria's war has killed more than 130,000 people in nearly three years, and forced millions more to flee their homes.
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1 ) Johnny benson / USA
24/01/2014 23:06
Between the death ,dislocation,turmoil,polio....now we see starvation...how much horror can be put open the poor folks in Syria....

2 ) Mel / USA
25/01/2014 17:21
#1:JB/USA:"how much horror.."?Why don't you ask the P5 colonials?They're the ones fomenting this & stay silent as our Wahhabi "allies"in Riyadh/Jeddah fund this extremist-Sunni coup on a SOVEREIGN PLURALISTIC SYRIA using the same AQ/ISIL,Nusra,Chechen scum that did 9/11,7/7,Madrid,USS Cole,al-Khobar,bombing US ships,troops,civilians & who're STILL D.C's 'go-to' "folks" to quash Arab bread&freedom.It's colonial 'slice&dice' time,JB,on "folks" who did NOTHING wrong&were already refugeed by Zionism

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
25/01/2014 18:20
Mel...now your mad at the Wahhabis ...so your on the side of the Shiite killers of women and children,,,and their gas attacks that killed thousands of innocents..pick a side...can't you see that they are all bad...your sovereign pluralistic Syria did nothing for the Palestinians except keeping them penned in a camp to be supported by the UN...can't you see how much a disaster your friends in the Middle East are to themselves and to others...

4 ) Mel / USA
26/01/2014 01:41
#3:"pick a side"? I did,a long time ago.The"side" of HUMAN RIGHTS,FAIRNESS,with no exceptions to international laws,Geneva Cons or treating others with respect &dignity!If u can only ponder either-or then I pity your blind stupidity.The Q.of ideology,sect,nationality,politics is tertiary to HUMAN DECENCY,mutually respectful of "Equal Justice Under Law"! Remember those principles,of DEMOCRACY,JB? That's my "side"re: any group,globally,who're extremist,exceptionalist,oppressive,racist&bigotted!

5 ) Harry Monk / UK
26/01/2014 11:02
Nah, Mel/ USA, is simply waiting for Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Nusra Front, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, al Sham (Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant), and the Jaish al-Islam (the Army of Islam). To devour large swathes of Iraq and Syria, before the founders turn their sights on Israel and Jordan.

6 ) spb / usa
31/01/2014 01:43
go ahead BDS israel hospitals taking syrian sicks and injureds for free
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