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A family of seven were hospitalized for food poisoning after eating cat meat at Yarmouk refugee camp which is under siege by Syria's Assad regime.
The Yarmouk Refugee Camp located in Damascus has recently witnessed another humanitarian tragedy when a family of seven including children were poisoned after having to eat cat meat so as not to starve to death.
The Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) stated that delivery of food and humanitarian aid is not permitted in the camp under siege, where around 20,000 refugees live under dire conditions. Most of them are Palestinians.
The Assad regime leaves dissidents to starve as a form of punishment, the statement said.
"There is a humanitarian tragedy going on at Yarmouk Camp", said a spokesman for the Syrian Local Coordination Committee in Yarmouk District, and added that the prices of food items have increased tenfold at the camp since regime forces prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid.
"The price of beef (if you can find it) is 5,000 Syrian liras (about 80 Turkish Liras) a kilo. People are dying of starvation every day," Musab Abu Qatada said.
The situation keeps deteriorating, not only in Yarmouk, but also Douma, Darayya, Jobar, Cabun and Mouaddamiyah, Abu Qatada went on to say.
The Assad regime had restricted the entry of food and medicine into some of the sieged areas last year including East Ghouta and Yarmouk camps. When the restrictions turned into a complete ban, the camp residents had to eat tree leaves to survive, and there were many deaths particularly among the sick and elderly, as well as infants, due to malnutrition.
The International Union of Muslim Scholars called on the Arabic and Islamic world on Sunday to help put an end to the siege of the Yarmouk Camp, defining it as a "crime against humanity".Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ocak 2014, 14:21