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Also Wednesday, Chris Gunness of the UNRWA relief agency said a humanitarian team was permitted to work from one of its facilities in Yarmouk, a besieged Palestinian district of Damascus, for the first time since December 2012.

He called this "a highly encouraging step towards re-establishing full services and humanitarian access to Yarmouk" and said 450 food parcels were distributed "without the involvement of third parties."

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Yarmouk refugee camp, which houses about 18,000 Palestinians and an unknown number of Syrians, has seen some of the worst fighting in the capital, leading to severe food shortages and widespread hunger. More than 100 people have died in camp of starvation and hunger-related illnesses, according to U.N.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has urged the Syrian government to authorize more humanitarian staff to work inside the country.


Associated Press Writer Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.

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