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US Sanctions on Syria Make Situation of Palestinian Refugees Worse

Published : 26-06-2020

US Sanctions on Syria Make Situation of Palestinian Refugees Worse

At a time when the US has been intensifying sanctions as part of the so-called “Caesar Act” targeting anyone doing business with the Assad regime, thousands of Palestinian refugees continue to struggle for survival in the war-torn country, both in government-held or opposition-captured zones.

Recently, the Trump administration ramped up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle with a load of new economic and travel sanctions for human rights abuses and blocking a settlement of the country's conflict.

Many of those on the list were already subject to US sanctions, but the penalties also target non-Syrians who do business with them.

The sanctions are the result of legislation known as the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, named after the pseudonym of a Syrian who worked with the military police and turned over photographs of thousands of victims of torture by al-Assad's government.

The implementation of the sanctions has led to a further deterioration of the exchange rate of the Syrian pound, resulting in a worse economic situation for vulnerable families whose sole sources of income have been already affected by the bloody warfare.

Nine years into the deadly conflict, the majority of Palestinians of Syria (PRS) continue to live below the poverty line and are food insecure.

A UN report in 2019 said that an estimated 83 percent of Syrians live below the poverty line, and people are increasingly vulnerable due to the loss or lack of sustained livelihoods.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in its 2020 Syria regional crisis emergency appeal that 126,000 PRS are identified as extremely vulnerable; 89% live in poverty; 91% live in extreme poverty; and 80% rely on UNRWA cash assistance as their main source of income.

UNRWA also said that 55% of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents; 100% of PRS are in need of winterization assistance; and 86% of PRS households are reported to be in debt.

The majority of Palestinians sheltered in displacement camps set up across the Syrian territories have remained at bay from political calculations and frequently refused attempts by all warring parties to drag them into the raging warfare, saying their priority is to secure safe shelters for their children and families pending a just and lasting solution to their refugee plight and return to their motherland—Palestine.

 

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10287

At a time when the US has been intensifying sanctions as part of the so-called “Caesar Act” targeting anyone doing business with the Assad regime, thousands of Palestinian refugees continue to struggle for survival in the war-torn country, both in government-held or opposition-captured zones.

Recently, the Trump administration ramped up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle with a load of new economic and travel sanctions for human rights abuses and blocking a settlement of the country's conflict.

Many of those on the list were already subject to US sanctions, but the penalties also target non-Syrians who do business with them.

The sanctions are the result of legislation known as the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, named after the pseudonym of a Syrian who worked with the military police and turned over photographs of thousands of victims of torture by al-Assad's government.

The implementation of the sanctions has led to a further deterioration of the exchange rate of the Syrian pound, resulting in a worse economic situation for vulnerable families whose sole sources of income have been already affected by the bloody warfare.

Nine years into the deadly conflict, the majority of Palestinians of Syria (PRS) continue to live below the poverty line and are food insecure.

A UN report in 2019 said that an estimated 83 percent of Syrians live below the poverty line, and people are increasingly vulnerable due to the loss or lack of sustained livelihoods.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in its 2020 Syria regional crisis emergency appeal that 126,000 PRS are identified as extremely vulnerable; 89% live in poverty; 91% live in extreme poverty; and 80% rely on UNRWA cash assistance as their main source of income.

UNRWA also said that 55% of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents; 100% of PRS are in need of winterization assistance; and 86% of PRS households are reported to be in debt.

The majority of Palestinians sheltered in displacement camps set up across the Syrian territories have remained at bay from political calculations and frequently refused attempts by all warring parties to drag them into the raging warfare, saying their priority is to secure safe shelters for their children and families pending a just and lasting solution to their refugee plight and return to their motherland—Palestine.

 

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10287