UN urges $30m for Palestinian refugees in Syria camp

2015-04-21 17:10

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New York - The UN Security Council is calling for $30m in emergency aid to help Palestinian refugees in the embattled Yarmouk camp in the Syrian capital.

The council called for unhindered humanitarian access and protection of civilians inside the UN camp, now mainly controlled by Islamic State militants following heavy fighting this month.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, head of the UN agency that supports Palestinians, known as UNRWA, told reporters after briefing the council Monday that several thousand Palestinians remain in Yarmouk and that the humanitarian situation "remains very extreme in terms of circumstances and hardship."

He also called for $30m for Yarmouk as well as funds for UNRWA, noting that only $77m of its $415m appeal has been funded.

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