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UNRWA Deplores Escalation of Violence in Southern Syria

Published : 16-03-2017

UNRWA Deplores Escalation of Violence in Southern Syria

UNRWA sounded the alarm over the escalation of violence in Deraa Governorate, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Bloody hostilities in the area is causing the displacement of Palestine refugees, impeding humanitarian access to critical aid and has resulted in the deaths of Palestine refugees in recent weeks.

An estimated 2,500 UNRWA students have missed an average of two weeks of schooling with intermittent school closures starting as of February 12.

Over the past few days, UNRWA has been providing assistance to over 200 families who have escaped violence in the village of Jilin located 25 km west of Deraa City. UNRWA estimates that over 90% of the Palestinian refugee families from Jilin have fled as a result of the escalation of armed violence reported to have started on February 20.

According to UNRWA, the events which have taken place in Jilin are part of a larger pattern of population displacement caused by increased fighting in the south. In early February, 200 Palestine refugee families were displaced eastwards from the villages of Jamleh, AlShajarah, Koya, and Tassil into Muzeireeb and Jilin.

As an imperative to protect lives, UNRWA repeated its demand that all warring parties in Syria comply with their obligations under international law and desist from conducting conflict in civilian areas. Armed groups and other parties must also comply with their legal obligations to protect civilians and facilitate safe and uninterrupted humanitarian access to live-saving services and relief assistance.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/4849

UNRWA sounded the alarm over the escalation of violence in Deraa Governorate, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Bloody hostilities in the area is causing the displacement of Palestine refugees, impeding humanitarian access to critical aid and has resulted in the deaths of Palestine refugees in recent weeks.

An estimated 2,500 UNRWA students have missed an average of two weeks of schooling with intermittent school closures starting as of February 12.

Over the past few days, UNRWA has been providing assistance to over 200 families who have escaped violence in the village of Jilin located 25 km west of Deraa City. UNRWA estimates that over 90% of the Palestinian refugee families from Jilin have fled as a result of the escalation of armed violence reported to have started on February 20.

According to UNRWA, the events which have taken place in Jilin are part of a larger pattern of population displacement caused by increased fighting in the south. In early February, 200 Palestine refugee families were displaced eastwards from the villages of Jamleh, AlShajarah, Koya, and Tassil into Muzeireeb and Jilin.

As an imperative to protect lives, UNRWA repeated its demand that all warring parties in Syria comply with their obligations under international law and desist from conducting conflict in civilian areas. Armed groups and other parties must also comply with their legal obligations to protect civilians and facilitate safe and uninterrupted humanitarian access to live-saving services and relief assistance.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/4849