Palestine refugee women holding UNRWA registration documents wait in line for winterization items at the distribution centre in the Jaramana refugee camp, Damascus. (UNRWA Photo)
Palestinian refugees sheltered in Khan Eshieh camp, in Syria’s Rif Dimashq province, have called on the Syrian authorities to control bread distribution in order to avoid overcrowding outside of local bakeries.
The residents said no special anti-coronavirus measures have been taken in the area, leaving civilians at high contamination risk.
Over recent years, residents of Khan Eshieh camp have spoken up against the poor-quality bread sold in the area, saying it is unfit for human consumption and holding the government’s quality control staff responsible for the crisis.
Living conditions in Khan Eshieh have sharply deteriorated due to the lack of financial resources and high unemployment rates wrought by the raging warfare. A transportation crisis has added bad to worse.
After ten years of conflict, Palestine refugees continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups in Syria with immense humanitarian needs.
Survival for the majority of Palestinian families in war-stricken Syria has largely hinged on relief assistance. The vast majority of families have been living below the poverty line.