55 Food-Borne Poisoning Cases Reported in Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria

55 Food-Borne Poisoning Cases Reported in Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria

Residents of Syria’s besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp collecting aid, Feb. 13, 2015. Without passports, the refugees have no place to go. (Rami Al-Sayed / AFP / Getty Images)

Dozens of residents of AlNeirab camp for Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria sustained fish-borne illnesses after they bought cheap palamida fish, according to local sources.

At least 55 people suffered diarrhea and were transferred to the local health center for treatment.

The Neirab Health Center warned the residents against fish consumption, calling on those with poisoning symptoms to urgently show up at the centre.

AlNeirab camp is the largest official camp in Syria and is 13km east of the city of Aleppo near the Aleppo airport.

Before the start of the conflict in Syria, Neirab camp was home to more than 20,000 Palestine refugees. Like other Palestine refugee camps in Syria, a large number of families, young people, have travelled abroad. The camp has also seen a large influx of more than 900 families from the nearby Ein el Tal camp, which has been mostly destroyed.

With nearly 18,000 registered refugees, Neirab camp is among the most densely populated camps. The camp suffers from overcrowding and a lack of privacy. Like other areas in Syria, displacement, unemployment, inflation, protection and security risks are among the main concerns shared by Palestine refugees and Syrians alike.

The location of the camp near the military airport means the area was exposed to hazards including mortars and shelling between the start of 2013 and the end of 2018.

Poor shelters and poor construction of the barracks result in scorching temperatures in summer and freezing conditions in winter. Water leakage and rodent infestation also remain a problem for the refugees.

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