Rubble and heavy damage remain on a deserted street during a government escorted visit to Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP Photo)
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As thousands of civilians remain trapped in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp, an outbreak of potentially fatal typhoid has been reported, amid a wider health care crisis.No aid has entered the camp for the last two months, according to Wesam Sabaaneh, the director of the Jafra Foundation, which was until recently one of the few local NGOs still working in the camp.Before June, small amounts of aid were being distributed to areas just outside of the camp, in Yalda and Babila, for example, and civilians were very occasionally allowed out of the camp to collect a food basket. But since ISIS took over around 70 percent of the camp, restrictions have become even tighter, and in June the Syrian government rescinded aid access even to these areas outside of the camp, according to a U.N. source. For 60 days, nothing has entered, even to the neighboring areas," Sabaaneh says.Now, with no food or medicine entering the camp, typhoid, malnutrition and hepatitis are widespread, he adds.
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