Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:25

ICRC delivers urgently needed medical aid to Yarmouk camp

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that it had delivered urgently needed chronic disease medicine for people living in Yarmouk camp, home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria. "This is the first time in over a year that we have been able to deliver aid to the people in the camp, we hope to do more" said Daphnée Maret, the deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Syria, who oversaw the operation. "We remain extremely concerned about the hardships being endured by the people living there, in particular the limited access to food, water and health care." The Syrian Coalition had earlier signaled alarm of the tragic humanitarian situation in the Yarmouk camp which has been subjected to months-long siege by regime forces, calling for the immediate implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2165 concerning the entry of aid convoys and medical supplies to all besieged areas in Syria without the need to obtain the approval of the Assad regime. The residents of the Yarmouk refugee camp has been deprived of potable water for 32 days, while medical centers lack medical supplies and equipment in conjunction with the spread of jaundice among the residents of the district. The medical supplies delivered to yesterday meet the needs of more than 5,000 people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease for a period of three months. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Al Arabiya)

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