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Syria: Yarmouk Camp - Situation update (as of 20 December 2012)

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As the humanitarian situation in Syria deteriorates, Palestine refugees in Syria have become more affected by the crisis.

Fighting in and around Yarmouk, a district of Damascus that is home to the largest community of Palestine refugees in Syria, has been on the rise over the past several months. This fighting sharply escalated on 16 December following an attack by Syrian Air Force jets 1 , which left at least eight people dead and many more injured. In the days following the attack, tens of thousands of people have fled to other areas of Syria and into neighbouring Lebanon.

Refugee Displacement:

Over two thirds of the 150,000 Palestine refugees have left Yarmouk since the 16 December attack2 .
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been helping refugees relocate to recently opened shelters where 9,568 people are now staying, including 6,000 IDPs in UNRWA facilities and schools.

Over 2,000 Palestine refugees arrived in Lebanon in the past several days, many without necessary provisions.

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