Civilians seen fleeing towards the Turkish border, escaping airstrikes of Assad regime forces and Russia, in northwestern Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone, on February 13, 2020. (Anadolu Agency)
Palestinian refugees have rallied in Deir Ballout and AlMuhammadiya displacement camps, in the northern Syrian region of Efrin, protesting their deteriorating living conditions in the poorly-equipped facilities.
The refugees said they have been deprived of potable water, bread, and fuel along with much-needed relief supplies and life-saving medicines.
The refugees called on AFAD, UNRWA, and all other concerned parties to take up their responsibilities regarding the squalid conditions they have been struggling with in the poverty-stricken area.
They further urged the international human rights institutions, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Turkish authorities to take immediate steps in response to their appeals.
Hundreds of Palestinian families have been struggling for survival in the poorly-equipped Deir Ballout and Muhammadiya camps, after they were forced out of Yarmouk and southern Damascus towns.
For many displaced Palestinian refugees, the perils of winter weather and coronavirus add to the torment already experienced throughout the conflict.
High rates of unemployment and lack of relief assistance have made the situation far worse for the displaced families.
According to data by the Commission of Palestinians of Syria for Relief and Development, as many as 1,488 Palestinian families have been sheltered in the northern Syrian regions of Idlib, Efrin, and Aleppo’s suburbs. The largest number of families are taking refuge in Idlib.
Some 819 Palestinian families have sought shelter in Idlib, including 226 families in the city center, 152 in Atama, 60 in Akrebat village, and 60 more in Sarmada town. 50 families are taking refuge in Maarat AlNu’man and Jericho, south of Idlib, and also in Ataa village.