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  • It Was Impossible To Imagine People Returning To Yarmouk Camp - UN

    Contributed By: Talal Kharrat - Edited By : Talal Kharrat

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    Agencies (Qasioun) - he United Nations' Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) said on Tuesday that it was almost impossible to imagine people returning to Syria's ruined Yarmouk Palestinian camp, a day after the government recaptured it from militants.

     

    Yarmouk has been so heavily battered by fighting that it was hard to picture daily life restarting there.

     

    "Yarmouk was once the thriving home of 160,000 Palestinians. Today it lies in ruins, with hardly a house untouched by the conflict," spokesman Chris Gunness said.

     

    "The public health system, water, electricity, basic services for life are severely damaged. The debris of this pitiless conflict is everywhere," he told AFP.

     

    "In that environment, it is hard to see how people can go back."

     

    Gunness said between 100 to 200 civilians were estimated to still be in Yarmouk, including people too old or sick to flee.

     

    “The situation they face is inhumane by any standards and we need humanitarian access urgently,” he said, adding that UNRWA had not had access to Yarmok since 2015.

     

    “It is heartbreaking to see these images and hear the human stories that lie behind them.”

     

    Source: Jordan Times

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