Syria is starving Palestinian refugees in Damascus’s Yarmouk, says Amnesty Int’l report || By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON


Situation worse since report finished, says researcher; Rebel fighters have returned to Palestinian refugee camp where access to food, fuel, and medical supplies has been cut off.


Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus on January 31, 2014, in this handout picture made available to Reuters February 26, 2014. Photo: REUTERS

Syrian forces are committing war crimes by using the starvation of civilians as a weapon of war, according to a new report by Amnesty International on crimes committed against Palestinian and Syrian civilians in the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk.

The report, “Squeezing the life out of Yarmouk: War crimes against besieged civilians,” comes ahead of the third anniversary of the civil war in Syria and highlights the deaths of nearly 200 Yarmouk residents since the siege around it was tightened in July 2013…

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