Media abuzz over ‘apocalyptic’ Yarmouk refugee camp photo

The shot shows a crowd of men, women and children stretching as far as the eye can see, apparently waiting for aid. (Photo courtesy: UNRWA)

A photograph of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria is going viral as international media outlets focus on the scenes of “unimaginable desolation.”

The shot, released by UNRWA, shows a crowd of men, women and children stretching as far as the eye can see, apparently waiting for aid at the UNRWA distribution point in the capital, Damascus, on Jan. 31. The Guardian called the scene one of “unimaginable desolation,” while Egyptian newspaper al-Bawaba tagged it “apocalyptic.”

The Independent says it is “the picture that shows the true extent of the humanitarian crisis inside Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk.” For its part, Daily News Egypt said: “The images are at once epic and personal.”

The U.N. has distributed more than 7,000 food parcels in the Palestinian camp, home to about 160,000 people, since Jan. 18, The Guardian reported.

Meanwhile, Syrian and Western diplomats haggle over the terms of allowing more aid access into the country. On Tuesday, Syria’s U.N. representative Bashar al-Jaafari said Syrian government has facilitated international humanitarian access into the country, adding that his government rejects using the humanitarian crisis in the country as a justification for foreign powers to enter Syria.
 

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