October 2016 was marked by a severe deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Khan Eshieh camp, south of Damascus. Increasing levels of armed conict, including shelling on the camp and its vicinity, continue to put the lives of approximately 8,000 Palestine refugees and 4,000 Syrians who have been internally displaced at grave risk of death and injuries. With all access roads closed, food is getting scarce, forcing civilians to drastically reduce their
daily consumption to preserve the little stock they may have. Access to the most basic health-care services has also been severely curtailed following the destruction of the only functional hospital in the area. Patients with non-communicable diseases cannot renew their prescriptions and could face severe complications if UNRWA has no access to the area. The Agency has not been able to resupply the camp with any assistance, including life-saving medicines, since August 2013. UNRWA calls for unimpeded, safe and continuous access to the Palestine refugees from Khan Eshieh camp and all other besieged and hard-to-reach areas.