Activists report 63 dead in Syrian refugee camp - – Rockford’s News Leader

Activists report 63 dead in Syrian refugee camp


BEIRUT (WREX) — According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 63 people in a Palestinian refugee camp have died over the past few months due to a lack of food and medicine.

The Britain-based activist group said the first person passed away in June in Damascus' Yarmouk camp. The area is one of the most besieged in the nation.

Both activists and residents have said around 50 people died of starvation and hunger-related illnesses since a government-imposed blockade on the district was established a year ago.

In the last week, authorities have allowed a few hundred food parcels to get to the camp. The action appeared to be a goodwill gesture ahead of an upcoming peace conference to be held in Switzerland.

The group reports 2.3 million Syrians are officially refugees while 6.5 million others of the nation's population of 23 million have been displaced. It also claims over 130,000 people have died in the conflict between President Bashar Assad's government and rebels.

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