A Syrian Red Crescent worker evacuates children from the besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital Damascus on January 19, 2014.(AFP PHOTO STR)
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Besieged since June, nearly 20,000 people in Damascus' neighborhood of Yarmouk are so desperate for food that many eat stray animals, and some women have resorted to prostitution, according to residents reached via the Internet.Yarmouk soon became a war zone too, as Syrians taking up arms against President Bashar Assad's regime moved into the camp.Some Palestinians joined the rebels, others backed pro-regime groups, mainly the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.Most residents had fled by then, but, according to the United Nations, 18,000 civilians remain.Seventy-eight people, including 25 women and three children, have died as a result of the shortages, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Only two convoys have made it into Yarmouk in recent months, bringing in a scant 138 parcels of food aid.On Jan. 18, the government said it would facilitate aid access.
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