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EU increases its emergency aid in Yarmouk refugee camp, Syria

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Responding to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, the European Union is providing emergency funding of €2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), to deliver life-saving assistance to Palestinian refugees in Syria through cash and emergency relief items.

Intense fighting in the Yarmouk refugee camp, near Damascus, is worsening the already dire humanitarian situation for 18 000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians who remain trapped in the camp and are receiving little to no humanitarian assistance.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said, “The suffering of civilians in Yarmouk camp is reaching intolerable levels. Once again, I strongly urge all parties to the conflict to allow immediate and unconditional humanitarian access, and to afford all necessary protections to Palestinian refugees and all affected civilian populations in Syria”.