Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:03 AM
Updated: Feb 25, 2014 3:04 AM
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) The chief of the United Nations relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees says he is "deeply disturbed and shaken" by the despair and destruction he'd seen in a besieged camp in the Syrian capital.
Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner General of UNRWA is visiting the Yarmouk refugee camp that has suffered from crippling shortages of food and medicine since it got embroiled in the Syrian civil war fighting between troops loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels trying to oust him.
Grandi says the Palestinian refugees he spoke to in Yarmouk Monday were "traumatized by what they have lived through." Many need food and medical treatment immediately, Grandi said in a statement released Tuesday.
More than 100 people have died in Yarmouk since mid-2013 of illnesses exacerbated by hunger, the U.N. says.