Hundreds evacuated fom Yarmouk refugee camp
Published Tuesday 04/02/2014 (updated) 04/02/2014 09:19
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Hundreds of patients, injured people, children and pregnant women have been evacuated from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus to hospitals in nearby neighborhoods, a Syria-based Fatah official said.
The movement’s foreign relations officer in Syria Muhammad Abu al-Qasim told Ma’an on Monday that “every Palestinian refugee who wanted to leave the camp was evacuated.”
About 100 people are being evacuated every day. Elderly men and women and patients suffering chronic diseases are evacuated by ambulances. However, there hasn’t been any group migration, he confirmed.
Abu al-Qasim added that 800-1,000 food parcels weighing 30 kilograms each were being distributed in the camp every day. The humanitarian aid, he said, is funded by the PLO, President Mahmoud Abbas’ office, Japan and Kuwait.
“Nobody will be out of food as humanitarian aid will continue to flow into the camp thanks to coordination between the Palestinian and Syrian Red Crescent societies, Syrian officials and the PLO,” he pledged.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society confirmed that hundreds of patients, children and elderly people were evacuated from the camp after cooperation with the Syrian Red Crescent and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA.
The Red Crescent highlighted that dozens of volunteers joined its teams who worked in the camp. Serious cases were evacuated to al-Mazza Hospital in the Damascus outskirts which is affiliated to the Palestinian Red Crescent.