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Food supplies enter Palestinian camp in Syria

Updated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 3:10 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N. and a Palestinian official say hundreds of food parcels have been delivered to a besieged, rebel-held refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The supplies for Yarmouk came a day after activists said at least 85 people have died in the camp since mid-2013 as a result of starvation and illnesses exacerbated by hunger or the lack of medical aid in the hard-hit Palestinian camp.

U.N. spokesman Chris Gunness said a convoy carrying 900 food parcels entered Yarmouk on Thursday morning.

Gunness says that despite "chaotic scenes, by noon," 600 parcels had been distributed.

Anwar Raja, a Palestinian official in Syria, said a number of elderly people will be evacuated from Yarmouk later in the day.

Hundreds of parcels were also sent into Yarmouk earlier this month.