The Syrian conflict has raged for 3 bloody and traumatic years. A quarter of a million civilians live under siege across the country. Many have endured appalling conditions.
The siege in and around Yarmouk camp has been particularly prolonged and harsh. Government forces have all but completely cut off food and medical supplies for months. According to Amnesty International’s research, 128 people have starved to death since the brutal siege of Yarmouk by Syrian government forces began in July 2013.
Medical workers have been harassed and arrested. At least one doctor is believed to have died as a result of being tortured in custody. Schools, hospitals and a mosque – some of which were used as shelters – have been shelled with heavy weapons. Launching indiscriminate attacks on civilians, targeting medical workers assisting the sick and wounded – these are war crimes.
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