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Latest distribution updates from Yarmouk, 4 - 5 April 2015

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5 APRIL 2015

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

"The situation of armed conflict continues in Yarmouk today, 5 April 2015. No UNRWA humanitarian operations have been possible inside Yarmouk since the outbreak of fighting on April 1st. As hostilities continue to escalate, UNRWA remains greatly alarmed by the humanitarian consequences for the 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian men, women and children trapped in Yarmouk, facing acute dangers, unable to safely access water and food, and fearful of the outcome of current developments.

"Reports of a somewhat reduction in the intensity of clashes in the morning were short-lived, as violence resumed later in the day to disturbingly high levels, bringing renewed risks and hardship to the desperate civilians of Yarmouk.

"As reported yesterday, UNRWA was able to provide life-saving humanitarian support to 94 civilians, including 43 women and 20 children, who fled Yarmouk and found refuge in a nearby school. UNRWA immediately distributed canned food, water, mattresses and blankets. UNRWA and its partners stand ready to continue providing humanitarian assistance to civilians inside Yarmouk and to those who may be displaced from Yarmouk as a result of the ongoing fighting.

"In the strongest possible terms, UNRWA demands from armed groups inside Yarmouk respect for and compliance with their obligations to ensure the protection of civilians. UNRWA further demands humanitarian access and the establishment of secure conditions under which the Agency can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance and that enable civilians to be evacuated."

4 APRIL 2015

"No UNRWA food distribution has been possible inside Yarmouk since the outbreak of fighting on April 1st. As intense clashes continue, UNRWA is greatly alarmed by the humanitarian consequences for the 18,000 civilians trapped in Yarmouk. Amidst the fierce fighting, civilians already impoverished, hungry, and deprived of essentials of life are now terrified and fearful of the outcome of current developments.

"Today, UNRWA was able to provide life-saving humanitarian support to 94 civilians, including 43 women and 20 children, who fled Yarmouk and found refuge in the Zeynab Al-Hilalyah governmental school in Tadamon, located on the Eastern side of Yarmouk. These families had escaped Yarmouk earlier today, following a night of intense fighting. UNRWA immediately provided them with canned food, 500 liters of water, 94 mattresses and 94 blankets. UNRWA is grateful for the contribution of the Palestine Red Crescent Society which provided health services to these families upon their arrival to the school.

"UNRWA and its partners stand ready to continue providing humanitarian assistance to civilians inside Yarmouk and to those who may be displaced from Yarmouk as a result of the ongoing fighting.

"In the strongest possible terms, UNRWA demands from armed groups inside Yarmouk respect for and compliance with their obligations to ensure the protection of civilians. UNRWA further demands an end to the fighting and a return to conditions that will ensure the safety of civilians and enable UNRWA staff to support and assist the people of Yarmouk."

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