File - A young boy eating as women wait to receive food parcels from the UN agency in Syria's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, on February 24, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / HO / UNRWA)
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Firefights and shelling on Sunday shattered a weeks-old truce at the Yarmuk Palestinian camp in Damascus, but a ceasefire allowed residents to return to another besieged area near Syria's capital.Syria's three-year conflict is estimated to have killed more than 140,000 people, forced millions to flee the homes, and taken a brutal toll on children increasingly threatened by disease. On Sunday the United Nations said millions of children across the Middle East were to be vaccinated against polio after the crippling illness resurfaced in Syria for the first time in 15 years. Some 15,000 people still live in Moadamiyet al-Sham, where aid has trickled in since the truce was clinched, but basic services apparently are still lacking.Inside Syria, the campaign was targeting 1.6 million children, it said.
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