A spokesperson of the US State Department, Marie Harf, has described the humanitarian situation for Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk camp south of Damascus, as well as for Syrians besieged in other areas, as “dreadful” and blamed the Syrian regime.
For the past year, regime forces and supporting militias have placed the Palestinian residents in the Yarmouk camp under a strict siege. To make matters worse, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has been unable to deliver any humanitarian aid since last September, and because of the resulting food shortages dozens have now died of hunger.
Turkish news agency Anadolou reported Harf saying that US Secretary of State John Kerry asked his Russian counterpart, during their meeting in Paris, to put pressure on the Syrian regime in order to allow humanitarian aid into those areas suffering the most from the difficult situation.
Harf explained that the humanitarian crisis in Syria is a source of “deep worry” for her country. “Therefore, we asked Russia to intervene,” she said, adding that, “I think Russia intends to put pressure on the Syrian regime in order to allow aid into those areas.”