Residents receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus January 30, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA
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The United Nations distributed food in the Syrian capital's besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp for a second day Friday in a bid to help tens of thousands of trapped civilians.The aid distribution comes after months of siege by the army that has caused shortages of food and medicines, which have led to the deaths of 86 people, according to a monitoring group."These distributions demonstrate that the extraordinary suffering in Yarmouk and other closed areas of Syria can be addressed if all parties to the conflict fulfil their obligations to protect civilians," he said.He said UNRWA stood ready to provide food for all the estimated 18,000 Palestinian civilians still in the camp.
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