File - U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) workers stand by aid parcels at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus in this picture made available on February 26, 2014.(REUTERS/Rame Alsayed)
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Food deliveries to thousands of people living in a blockaded area of southern Damascus ground to a halt after a truce collapsed and clashes broke out between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to the government, a U.N. official and activists said Monday.The clashes, which erupted Sunday afternoon and lasted until Monday morning, were the most serious violence in weeks in the Palestinian-dominated district of Yarmouk and seriously undermined a tentative truce struck there in early January.The truce, which took months to negotiate, collapsed after rebel gunmen returned to Yarmouk Sunday. They had withdrawn from the area about a month ago as part of the truce, replaced by a patrol of Palestinian gunmen, keeping out both rebels and fighters loyal to President Bashar Assad.The U.N. began distributing food to Yarmouk on Jan. 18 after warring parties agreed to a truce.
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