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Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:18 am

Food enters Syria's main Palestinian refugee camp

The Associated Press

A Palestinian official says food supplies have begun entering a besieged rebel-held Palestinian refugee camp in Syria's capital for the first time in months.

Anwar Raja, a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, said the first batch of supplies entered the Yarmouk camp on Saturday.

Yarmouk is one of the areas hardest hit by food shortages in Syria. Residents there say 46 people have died since October of starvation, illnesses exacerbated by hunger or because they couldn't obtain medical aid.

Raja had no immediate word on how many supplies entered the camp. He said much of the material was carried "on the shoulders" of PFLP-GC members and committees in the camp.

PFLP-GC members are fighting against Syrian opposition fighters who control most of the camp.