Palestinian committees, Syrian army reenter Yarmouk Camp as ISIS seizes 15th street; UNRWA warns civilians risk starvation

Palestinian committees, Syrian army reenter Yarmouk Camp as ISIS seizes 15th street; UNRWA warns civilians risk starvation

UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, said on Saturday it is "greatly alarmed and concerned by the desperate humanitarian consequences being inflicted on civilians" since the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) launched an attack on the al-Nusra Front militants 10 days ago.

AhlulBayt News Agency - The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) imposed full control over 15th Street in the Yarmouk Camp District after a violent battle with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” on Saturday morning.

Following the capture of 15th Street, ISIS received an unpleasant surprise when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies from the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), and Fatah Al-Intifada reentered the Yarmouk Camp District after a short hiatus.

The Syrian Armed Forces and the Palestinian committees struck ISIS’ positions along Loubya Street and Safad Street, killing several terrorists after fierce firefight near the Tadamon District.

Recently, the Syrian Armed Forces and Palestinian committees have quietly advanced in the Al-Tadamon District, capturing a number of building blocks at the Palestine Street border with the Yarmouk Camp.

With the Palestinian committees back inside of the Yarmouk Camp; this should help marginalize the terrorist group and eventually expel them from this once thriving district in southern Damascus.

UNRWA: Yarmouk civilians risk starvation and dehydration

Residents in the embattled Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus are at risk of dehydration and starvation, the UN has warned, as armed groups continue fighting for control.

UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, said on Saturday it is "greatly alarmed and concerned by the desperate humanitarian consequences being inflicted on civilians" since the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) launched an attack on the al-Nusra Front militants 10 days ago.

"The fighting has been intense, and is taking place in the most densely populated areas of Yarmouk, with the use of heavy weapons, explosive devices and weapons of indiscriminate effect," Chris Gunness, UNRWA spokesperson, said in a statement.

Calling for an immediate end to the hostilities, Gunness said there is a "sharp escalation of humanitarian need" in the area, warning that residents "are facing starvation and dehydration alongside the heightened risks of serious injury and death from the armed conflict".

Yarmouk, set up as a camp for Palestinian refugees in 1957, has with time developed into a residential neighbourhood inhabited by both Palestinians and Syrians.

It had some 200,000 residents before the start of Takfiris attacks five years ago.




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