Syria crisis: Tide of desperation in Yarmouk camp
- 27 February 2014
- From the section Middle East
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Desperation amid devastation - a vast crowd of people queue for aid at the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus on 31 January, in this image from UNWRA. The camp, which houses about 18,000 Palestinians and an unknown number of Syrians, has seen some of the worst fighting in the capital, leading to severe food shortages. More than 100 people there have died of starvation and hunger-related illnesses, according to the UN. The BBC's Lyse Doucet went to the camp, from where she reported on the suffering of the thousands trapped by the siege.