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The crisis in Yarmouk camp, 26 May 2014

UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk and the fact that increasing tensions and resort to armed force have disrupted its efforts to alleviate the desperate plight of civilians. UNRWA demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means. UNRWA also urges all concerned parties to immediately allow and facilitate the resumption of food distribution to civilians inside Yarmouk. UNRWA further demands that continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access will follow.

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"UNRWA was cleared to distribute hygiene kits to 503 civilian families in Yarmouk today. Each hygiene kit contains bath soaps, towels, toothpaste, detergents for utensils and laundry, shampoos, and other items to promote personal hygiene. UNRWA was also cleared to continue the distribution of halawa, rehydration salts, vitamins, and treatments for scabies and lice infestation.

"The UNRWA team arrived at the Bateekhah northern entrance at 11:00 and commenced distribution at 12:00. The distribution operation proceeded in an orderly manner until 16:00, when the authorities signaled an end to the distribution.

"UNRWA acknowledges the facilitation of Syrian authorities in making today’s distribution possible, and appreciates the fact that it was able to continue the distribution of much-needed hygiene items to the residents of Yarmouk. UNRWA hopes that this encouraging progress will be followed by authorisation to deliver critical medicines and medical supplies for civilian use in Yarmouk.

"Continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access to Yarmouk must be indefinitely ensured for the sake of over 18,000 civilians trapped there. UNRWA will continue advocating for this. "