April 2016 was marked by a sharp escalation of armed violence in Yarmouk, interrupting UNRWA’s humanitarian operations in nearby Yalda. interruption, UNRWA had been providing a range of assistance to 6,000 Palestine refugee families from Yarmouk, Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham, including food baskets, blankets and hygiene kits.The Agency had also deployed a mobile health team to provide primary healthcare to refugees. As intense ghting erupted between extremist armed groups inside Yarmouk on 7 April, UNRWA was forced to suspend all distribution operations in Yalda. On 27 April, the Agency was able to send an assessment mission into Yalda to identify the most immediate needs which included food as well as the provision of hygiene products and primary health and dental care. UNRWA was able to regain access to resume humanitarian distributions on 2 May.