The United Nations appealed on
Monday for the Syrian army and rebel fighters to allow urgent
aid to reach a Palestinian district of southern Damascus where
it said 15 people have died of malnutrition in recent months.
UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness
said five Palestinian refugees died in the Yarmouk district over
the weekend. Ten others have died since September, the last time
the UN was able to deliver aid to Yarmouk.
"The situation has progressively deteriorated for some
20,000 Palestinians trapped inside Yarmouk," he told Reuters.