Syria Palestine refugees humanitarian snapshot, August 2015
Yarmouk: Humanitarian access to Yarmouk and adjacent areas remains extremely constrained. In August 2015, UNRWA was authorized to conduct four humanitarian missions, limited to providing basic health care in Yalda, where many Palestine refugees from Yarmouk have been displaced. UNRWA treated 1,103 patients and detected 54 suspected cases of typhoid over these four days. UNRWA also distributed 400,000 water purification tablets donated by UNICEF in complement of its health assistance. High summer temperatures and water and food shortages continue to deeply a ect the health and well-being of civilians of Yarmouk, Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham.
Husseinieh: Civilians from Husseinieh, including a large number of Palestine refugees, were allowed to return to the area following their displacement by armed conflict two years prior. The return to Husseinieh constitutes the first large-scale return of Palestine refugees within Syria. Over 3,000 families, including an estimated 80 per cent of Palestine refugees, have returned so far and the number is increasing rapidly, with several hundred new returnees each day. Following initial assessments, UNRWA has been working quickly to resume disrupted services in Husseinieh, including the reopening of schools ahead of the beginning of the 2015/16 school year.