19 European organizations call for saving thousands of Palestinians in Syria

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[ PIC 18/10/2013 – 07:48 PM ]

BRUSSELS, (PIC)– Palestinian organizations based in Europe have appealed urgently to save thousands of Palestinians in Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus, calling on all parties for opening a humanitarian corridor in order to ensure safe passage for people and basic supplies after 90 days of a continued siege.

In a joint statement issued on Friday, 19 human rights organizations stated that twenty thousand Palestinians including children, women and elderly people suffer inhuman living conditions in Yarmouk Refugee Camp that is subjected to a partial siege since nine months and a complete blockade since 96 days.

The statement added that nearly 1500 houses were demolished in Yarmouk Refugee Camp due to the daily shelling. The refugee camp suffers food and fuel shortages, in addition to the continued electric power, communication and water cutout.

In a dangerous and catastrophic precedent, an Imam in the camp has issued a Fatwa allowing the families to eat cats and dogs in order to survive amid inhuman conditions.

The European organizations called upon the UN to bear its responsibilities through its bodies dealing with refugees’ issue mainly the UNRWA and the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The statement also called on the Red Cross to lend a helping hand to the camp especially that it is on the verge of famine.

The undersigned organizations condemned the UN bodies’ inability to provide the refugees with the required and necessary aid during the last months, calling on the Syrian government, the PLO and the Palestinian factions in particular, and the Arab League to bear their responsibilities towards this disaster.

The statement stressed that the starvation policy is a moral, humanitarian, and national crime, appealing to the international community and the free world to stand by the Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp especially that 634 Palestinians, nearly one-third of the total number of victims, were killed in the refugee camp.

The organizations stressed the need to prosecute those responsible for starving and terrorizing the families as a collective punishment prohibited by the international law


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