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Nablus children collect $33,000 for Syria camp

Jan. 21, 2014 1:14 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2014 11:32 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of Palestinian children in Nablus district managed to collect around $33,000 in donations for the besieged Yarmouk camp in Syria.

The group of children opened the donation boxes they used in public after a week of fundraising in Nablus.

Nablus governor Jibril al-Bakri praised the actions of the children on behalf of the Yarmouk camp. Al-Bakri thanked individuals and groups who helped organize the campaign.

Several attempts to deliver aid to Yarmouk camp have been thwarted in recent weeks due to rigorous fighting within and around the camp.

At least four Palestinians were killed in the camp on Thursday after government helicopters dropped a barrel bomb on it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Militants say at least seven Palestinians refugees died in the attack.

At least 50 people have died due to food and medicine shortages in the camp in recent months, according to the Observatory.

After rebels seized control of Yarmouk in December 2012, the camp became embroiled in the armed fighting taking place across Syria and came under heavy regime assault.

Regime forces eventually encircled the camp and in July imposed a siege on the camp, leading to a rapid deterioration of living conditions.
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