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Activist group says 63 Palestinians die in besieged Syria refugee camp in past months
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, January 24, 2014 10:33 AM EST
A Syrian activist group says 63 people have died over the past months in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp from a lack of food and medicine.
Yarmouk, on the southern fringe of Damascus, is one of the worst-hit besieged areas in Syria.
Activists and residents previously said that some 50 people died of starvation and hunger-related illnesses since the government imposed a blockade on the sprawling district a year ago.
Over the past week, authorities allowed a few hundred food parcels to reach the camp in what appeared to be a goodwill gesture ahead of a peace conference in Switzerland.