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Latest distribution updates from Yarmouk, 19 - 21 March 2015

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21 March 2015

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

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 201 civilian families in Yarmouk on 21 March, with the facilitation of Syrian authorities.

"The food parcels contained quantities of jam and Plumpy Doz, a nutritional supplement for children, the latter kindly provided by WFP. 68 civilians were also treated by UNRWA medical personnel at the temporary health point. This was the third day of UNRWA distribution since 14 March. It took place in the distribution area in the Malak area of Palestine Street, inside Yarmouk, accessed through the eastern entrance of Tadamoun, which Syrian authorities have directed UNRWA to use since early March.

"The distribution team arrived at the staging area in Tadamoun at 10:32, with distribution commencing at 11:53 Distribution was brought to a close at 15:50 without incident and the UNRWA team returned safely to the UNRWA Syria Field Office at 16:28.

"To address the profound suffering experienced by civilians trapped in Yarmouk, UNRWA calls for the distribution of humanitarian assistance to continue in safe conditions and without interruption. If facilitation and safe conditions are assured and maintained, UNRWA has the capacity fully to meet the humanitarian needs of an estimated 18,000 civilians in Yarmouk.

20 MARCH 2015

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 240 civilian families in Yarmouk on 20 March, with the facilitation of Syrian authorities.

"The food parcels contained quantities of jam and Plumpy Doz, a nutritional supplement for children, the latter kindly provided by WFP. 81 civilians were also treated by UNRWA medical personnel at the temporary health point. This was the second day of UNRWA distribution since 14 March. It took place in the distribution area in the Malak area of Palestine Street, inside Yarmouk, accessed through the eastern entrance of Tadamoun, which Syrian authorities have directed UNRWA to use since early March.

"The distribution team arrived at the staging area in Tadhamon at 10:50, with distribution commencing at 12:00. Distribution was brought to a close at 16:30 without incident and the UNRWA team returned safely to the UNRWA Syria Field Office at 17:13.

"To address the profound suffering experienced by civilians trapped in Yarmouk, UNRWA calls for the distribution of humanitarian assistance to continue in safe conditions and without interruption. If facilitation and safe conditions are assured and maintained, UNRWA has the capacity fully to meet the humanitarian needs of civilians in Yarmouk."

19 MARCH 2015

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 82 civilian families in Yarmouk on 19 March, with the facilitation of Syrian authorities. "

"The food parcels contained quantities of jam and Plumpy Doz, a nutritional supplement for children, the latter kindly provided by WFP. 35 civilians were also treated by UNRWA medical personnel at the temporary health point. This was the first day of UNRWA distribution since 14 March. It took place in the distribution area in the Malak area of Palestine Street, inside Yarmouk, accessed through the eastern entrance of Tadamoun, which Syrian authorities have directed UNRWA to use since early March.

"The distribution team arrived at the staging area in Tadhamon at 10:50, with distribution commencing at 12:30.

"The distribution was disrupted when a female civilian among a group preparing to approach the distribution area was seriously wounded by a bullet and reportedly died shortly afterwards from her wounds. The tragic incident occurred inside Yarmouk, approximately two- to three-hundred metres from the distribution area. Distribution was brought to a close early at 15:30 and the UNRWA team returned safely to the UNRWA Syria Field Office at 16:18.

"UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms those responsible for the tragic death of the civilian in Yarmouk. It is reprehensible that a civilian life was violently taken as she sought to receive humanitarian assistance for herself and her family. The thoughts of UNRWA staff are with her bereaved family.

"To address the profound suffering experienced by civilians trapped in Yarmouk, UNRWA calls for the distribution of humanitarian assistance to continue in safe conditions and without interruption. If facilitation and safe conditions are assured and maintained, UNRWA has the capacity fully to meet the humanitarian needs of civilians in Yarmouk."