Group: 3 Palestinian refugees dead in besieged Yarmouk
Published Saturday 01/02/2014 (updated) 02/02/2014 12:56
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians have died in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, a Syria-based group said Saturday.
A statement from the Workforce for Palestinians in Syria said in a statement that a newborn baby girl and an elderly woman died Friday of malnutrition and lack of medical care, while a young man was killed in clashes on the outskirts of Damascus.
The dead were identified as one-month-old Rawan Riyad Talib, Hamdah Said Eshtawi, and 22-year-old Wasim Hussein Zaamout.
Also Friday, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees delivered food aid to Yarmouk, the statement confirmed.
It added that several patients suffering from critical illnesses were transferred outside the camp for treatment under supervision of the Palestinian Red Crescent.
Meanwhile, the statement said that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- General Command had arrested a young Palestinian man named Qutayba Salem, without providing further details.
Dozens of refugees in Yarmouk have died from hunger and a lack of medical care since a siege was imposed on the camp in June by Syria's army.
When war spread to areas of Damascus in the summer of 2012, thousands of people from other parts of the capital fled to Yarmouk, swelling its population further.
But Yarmouk soon became a war zone too, as Syrians taking up arms against President Bashar Assad's regime moved into the camp.
The 18,000 residents that remained have been forced to eat stray animals to survive amid crippling food shortages.