Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the Al-Wafaa campaign at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus April 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Rame Alsayed)
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Syria's civil war has inflicted such carnage that in some districts of Damascus three quarters of homes have been damaged and more than 90 percent of residents say they need help to survive, according to a U.N. survey released on Wednesday.The United Nations agency UNRWA, which supports Palestinian refugees, said it questioned more than 500 people last June about living conditions in four districts of Damascus where UNRWA operates and one in the northern city of Aleppo.More than two thirds of the total had fled their homes, with the rate rising to 89 percent in the Palestinian district of Yarmouk in southern Damascus.Over half said their homes had been damaged, while three areas on the outskirts of Damascus -- Yarmouk, Douma and Sayida Zeinab -- recorded damage at between 72 to 79 percent.
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