Conflict in and around Yarmouk camp has left some 18,000 refugees, including 3,500 children, without food, water and medical supplies, according to UN.
Aug 19, 2015
Al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus on January 31, 2014.
Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus on January 31, 2014.Reuters
Typhoid has broken out among residents of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning of further disease outbreaks because of the appalling conditions there unless aid reaches the camp.
Six cases of typhoid were confirmed by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) [....]
Typhoid is contracted by drinking or eating contaminated matter and symptoms include nausea, fever, and abdominal pain. Untreated, the disease can lead to complications in the gut and head which can kill up to one in five patients.
"Our concern is that these typhoid cases only represent the tip of the iceberg, because the erosion of health services and appalling public health standards create a massive, massive risk of diseases breaking out," said UNWRA spokesman Chris Gunness.
[...] "Women are dying in childbirth due to a lack of medicine, children are reduced to eating grass because there is no food, and the main water supply hasn't been functional since last September," Gunness said. "Never has the imperative for sustained humanitarian access been greater."
The Yarmouk camp was home to some 160,000 Palestinians - refugees from the 1948 war of Israel's founding and their descendants- before the Syrian conflict began in 2011.