Civilians in Syria’s embattled Yarmouk facing ‘starvation, dehydration’: UN

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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 (APP): Up to 10,000 civilians, most Palestinian refugees, in Yarmouk camp in Syrian capital Damascus have gone without food and water for more than a week due to ongoing fighting, the United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East has warned.

“Credible reports from inside Yarmouk indicate extensive, deliberate fire-damage to homes and other civilian buildings on a scale hardly seen before,” according to a statement by Chris Gunness, the spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

He said that people are trapped in their homes, hunkered down to avoid being hit by bullets and shrapnel.