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Food aid delivered to Damascus

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Beirut - A United Nations spokesman says the relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees has resumed food distributions inside the rebel-held district of the Syrian capital that has suffered from crippling shortages of food and medicine for months.

Chris Gunness, a spokesman for UNRWA agency that administers Palestinian refugee camps around the Middle East, said in a statement Thursday that Syrian government granted access to relief workers to Yarmouk a day earlier after an 11-day halt.

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According to the Department of Education learners at Boresetse High School in Mataleng, Barkly West, were not eating out of buckets as reported yesterday.

The Yarmouk refugee camp, located in southern Damascus, is one of the hardest-hit opposition enclaves under tight blockades imposed by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. At least 85

people have died in Yarmouk since mid-2013 as a result of starvation and illnesses exacerbated by hunger or lack of medical aid, the UN says.

Sapa-AP

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