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Demonstrations held in Palestine as the siege of Yarmouk continues

February 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm


With the siege of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria and the UNRWA strike in Palestine both ongoing, protests against the lack of protection for refugees are continuing across Palestine.

Reports that as many as 48 refugees may now have died from starvation in Yarmouk camp are generating anger and disgust as the humanitarian disaster continues for Palestinians living in enforced exile in Syria.

Demonstrations have being held in Gaza, and in the West Bank a sit-in was held outside the PLO headquarters in Ramallah on Sunday. A tent has also been setup in the centre of Ramallah in which donations of clothing and other essential supplies are being received and sorted for transportation to Syria, although whether they will be able to be delivered into Yarmouk or not is as yet uncertain given the state of siege imposed on the camp.

On Wednesday, simultaneous protest rallies were held in Bethlehem and Ramallah. The Bethlehem rally was called for by local civil society groups and was staged outside UNRWA offices in the city.

In Ramallah, a larger demonstration was held with speakers from civil society and political forces sharing their anger with protesters at the inhumane suffering of Palestinian refugees in al-Yarmouk.

MEMO Photographer: Rich Wiles

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