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First UNRWA Convoy in Two Years Reaches Palestine Refugees in the Damascus Suburb of Yalda
21 June 2018
Last week, UNRWA was able to enter Yalda to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees and vulnerable Syrians who were displaced from neighbouring Yarmouk camp after violence intensified in April 2018. UNRWA sent an eighteen truck convoy to provide food, blankets, mattresses and hygiene kits. Two mobile clinics also treated hundreds of patients. On three occasions between 4-10th of June 2018, UNRWA served some 1,300 families.
This marked the first time UNRWA was able to provide assistance for families in the area in two years. UNRWA had been unable to access Yalda since May 2016 and has not been able to reach Yarmouk refugee camp since 2015.
"These refugees had already suffered untold hardship because of years of besiegement and hostilities and then late April, intensified fighting in Yarmouk further destroyed many homes, displacing thousands,” said Mr. Mohamed Abdi Adar, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria. “The trauma of war, combined with fear and desperation, have taken an enormous toll, particularly on children. This assistance will give them a lifeline and help meet their urgent humanitarian needs. But more must be done in the long term.”