Islamic Relief is funding a UN project to provide emergency supplies to Palestinians trapped inside Syria’s besieged Yarmouk camp.

More than 70,000 people are to receive food and emergency hygiene kits, thanks to a donation worth US$ 759,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The emergency distribution will reach Palestine refugees in Yarmouk camp and other Damascus areas characterised by severe hardship.

“Knowing the massive need for emergency aid and food in particular to support Palestine refugee populations in Syria, we are grateful to receive the committed support of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Thanks to this new partnership between our two organisations, we will be able to make a life-saving difference for Palestine refugees in Syria”, said Lionello Boscardi, Chief of the UNRWA Partnerships Division.

Since the conflict in Syria began three years ago, many Palestinian families have been repeatedly displaced as violence spread across the country. Around 200,000 Palestinians are displaced in the Damascus area, with a further 70,000 thought to be displaced elsewhere in Syria.

“Islamic Relief, recognising the Syria crisis as one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the past decades, has worked since the beginning of the crisis to provide quick emergency aid in Syria and the affected regional countries.

“Islamic Relief has extended and renewed its commitment to help Palestinian refugees in Syria through UNRWA, and appeals for unrestricted humanitarian access to communities trapped in the brutal conflict, many of whom continue to suffer in besieged camps such as Yarmouk, in Damascus,” said Dr. Mohammed Alsousi, Head of Middle East Region for Islamic Relief.

Read more on the website of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).