The vast majority of the 540,000 Palestine refugees registered in Syria (PRS) are unable to meet their basic needs. (File photo via social media)
A number of residents of Khan Dannun camp for Palestinian refugees, in Rif Dimashq, have died of coronavirus this week.
Local sources told the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) that the lethal virus has spread quickly in and around the camp, saying at least four people have succumbed to the disease over recent days.
The same sources slammed the Syrian authorities and international humanitarian institutions for their indifference regarding the residents’ appeals for treatment and hygiene kit.
A number of patients with breathing disorders have reportedly been denied admission into Damascus hospitals and asked to quarantine themselves at home.
Over recent months, human rights groups have warned of a projected outbreak of COVID-19 in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. Though campaigns to help spread awareness among the camps’ residents have seen the day, limited access to running water, pharmacies and medical facilities means displacement camps are more susceptible to the spread of the highly infectious virus.