The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency responsible for providing services to some five million Palestinian refugees, released a statement on Wednesday expressing concern over the escalation of violence in the city of Deraa in southern Syria.
“Fighting among parties to the conflict in the area is causing the displacement of Palestine refugees, impeding humanitarian access to critical aid and has resulted in the deaths of Palestine refugees in recent weeks,” the statement said.
According to UNRWA, the agency has been providing assistance to over 200 Palestinian refugee families who have escaped violence in the village of Jilin, located 25 km west of Deraa, over the past three days.
“UNRWA estimates that over 90 percent of the Palestine refugee families from Jilin have fled as a result of the escalation of armed violence reported to have started on February 20. The two UNRWA schools in the village are now closed,” the statement said.
UNRWA cited sources as saying that in February up to four Palestinian refugees, including an elderly man and a child, were killed as a result of the fighting.
Additionally, the agency estimated that estimated 2,500 UNRWA students have missed an average of two weeks of schooling with intermittent school closures as of Feb. 12.
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