1 May 2014
Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp
"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 375 civilian families in Yarmouk on 1 May. The UNRWA team arrived at the Bateekhah northern entrance to Yarmouk at 10:15 and was permitted to commence distribution inside Yarmouk at 11:00. Distribution continued in an orderly manner until 14:30, when the authorities signalled an end to the process.
"UNRWA acknowledges with gratitude the facilitation of the Syrian authorities in today's brief distribution. The Agency hopes that this opening, over the previous two days, will be sustained and expanded. However, UNRWA remains disturbed that food distributions to desperate civilians are subject to frequent interruptions, without apparent justification. UNRWA has appealed to the Syrian authorities to continue their support in facilitating regular, continuous UNRWA food distributions in Yarmouk and to authorise the distribution of an expanded range of humanitarian assistance, particularly medical items.
"UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk and the fact that frequent disruptions to its humanitarian efforts have left over 18,000 trapped civilians increasingly desperate. Since first distributing food in Yarmouk on 18 January, UNRWA estimates that the food delivered has met no more than 25% of the minimum requirements of the over 18,000 civilians in the area. To ensure that continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access is indefinitely ensured, UNRWA demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means."