Syria Crisis: Violence Rises, cease-fire under threat  

Edited by Nelly T.

A rebel shelling targeted Syria’s largest city this weekend killing ten children, the U.N. had warned of “desperate” condition inside a war-ravaged Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. Despite the enduring peace negotiations the unsteady cease-fire that was put in place has unraveled in the north where violence highlights the fragility of the situation.

On Sunday a monitoring group reported sixteen dead (6 adults and 3 young siblings) in Aleppo after rebel shelling struck the city. Airstrikes in the opposition-held parts of the city’s old quarters, left another 6 dead as stated by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The period of calm brought into effect by the late February cease-fire has been spoilt by the recent weeks of violence. The warring factions have left around five out of the sixteen dead in the government-held areas and a further ten injured by rebel snipers.

A Palestinian refugee camp’s humanitarian conditions have been labeled “desperate” by the U.N., which holds roughly 10,000 civilians in the capital, Damascus.

The residents of Yarmouk camp have been left without food or water for more than a week due to violent battles between extremists said the UNRWA, a U.N. Palestinian refugee agency.

“Civilians in Yarmouk are facing starvation and dehydration alongside the heightened risks of serious injury and death from the armed conflict,” said Chris Gunness, the UNRWA spokesman.

The observatory reported three civilians killed in air strikes near Jisr al-Shunghour in opposition-held Idlib. Pro-government forces intensified their shelling and bombing on an opposition-held pocket north of Homs, the country’s third-largest city, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an activity network.

More than 250,000 people have died in the conflict, which began in 2011 as a popular uprising demanding government reforms.