41 Palestinians ‘dead from hunger, medical shortages’ in Yarmouk

Palestinian children hold bread and pots on Jan. 8, 2014, as they
take part in a protest against the poor living conditions at the
Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus
(AFP Said Khatib)

Beirut (AFP) — A Syrian monitoring group said Friday it has documented the deaths of 41 Palestinian refugees in besieged Yarmouk camp as a result of food and medical shortages, including women and children.

“Food and medical shortages have killed at least 41 people in the past three months in Yarmouk” in southern Damascus, which has been under suffocating army siege ever since rebel groups took control of it, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Of the total, 24 have died as a result of malnutrition. The rest died either because of a lack of specialized treatment or because of a shortage of medicines, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

According to the Britain-based group, which relies on a network of activists and doctors across Syria for its reports, three of the fatalities were children and 13 of them women.