UN says unrest disrupting aid to Palestinians in Syria

May 11, 2011 17:00


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JERUSALEM - Unrest in Syria has forced the suspension of relief services to 50,000 Palestinian refugees in parts of the country, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said on Wednesday.

"This is affecting up to 50,000 registered refugees -- 10,000 in Deraa, 17,000 in areas surrounding Deraa and 22,000 in Homs," Chris Gunness told Reuters in Jerusalem by telephone.

"Yesterday we were able to transport a small amount of insulin to the south for diabetic patients that UNRWA is treating," Gunness said.

"But because of the security situation we have not been able to distribute the insulin to all who depend on it and we remain concerned about our patients who rely on this life saving drug."

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