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UN rights chief: Aid blockage to Palestinian refugee camp in Syria could be a war crime

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    Palestinian children attend a rally in solidarity with Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus, in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The Yarmouk camp once housed some 160,000 Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war in Israel known by Palestinians as "Naqba," or the Catastrophe, and by Israelis as the War of Independence. The dire conditions at the Yarmouk camp are a striking example of the catastrophe unfolding in rebel-held areas blockaded by the Syrian government. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) (The Associated Press)

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    Palestinian children attend a rally in solidarity with Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk refugee camp located in the suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus, in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The Yarmouk camp once housed some 160,000 Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war in Israel known by Palestinians as "Naqba," or the Catastrophe, and by Israelis as the War of Independence. The dire conditions at the Yarmouk camp are a striking example of the catastrophe unfolding in rebel-held areas blockaded by the Syrian government. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) (The Associated Press)

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    Palestinian children attend a rally in solidarity with Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk refugee camp in the suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus, in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The Yarmouk camp once housed some 160,000 Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war in Israel known by Palestinians as "Naqba," or the Catastrophe, and by Israelis as the War of Independence. The dire conditions at the Yarmouk camp are a striking example of the catastrophe unfolding in rebel-held areas blockaded by the Syrian government. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) (The Associated Press)

The U.N.'s top human rights official says the repeated obstruction of convoys trying to resupply the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria may amount to a war crime.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says numerous attempts by the U.N. and other organizations over the past four months to deliver aid to the 18,000 people in the camp have been thwarted.

Pillay said in a statement Friday that badly needed food and medical aid is not reaching malnourished children, women and elderly people close to starvation because of "a quagmire between besieging Syrian government forces and affiliated militias surrounding the Yarmouk camp, as well as anti-government armed groups operating inside.

Pillay says there have been reports of a number of deaths from starvation and from consuming rotten food.