Residents of Syria's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, receiving food parcels from the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), January 30, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA)
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A food convoy gained entry Thursday to Syria's besieged Yarmouk, a neighborhood in Damascus where dozens have died from shortages of food and medicines, the U.N. and Syrian state media said.Each ration is enough to keep a family of eight going for 10 days, he told AFP.He said earlier after the initial deliveries that there had been "chaotic scenes" as the food was distributed, the first to enter the neighborhood since Jan. 21, when UNRWA took in 138 food parcels. Syria's state news agency SANA also reported the aid distribution.Authorities recently allowed a few hundred food parcels into Yarmouk in what appeared to be a goodwill gesture ahead of the Geneva II peace talks, but residents said only a tiny amount entered because government officials ordered aid workers to distribute the parcels in an area under sniper fire.
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