Monday 21 August 2017

'Beyond inhumane' - Shelling and sporadic clashes strike Syrian refugee camp

Residents walk amid rubble of damaged buildings after what activists said was a mortar shell thrown on an area after air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ain Tarma, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amer Almohibany
Residents walk amid rubble of damaged buildings after what activists said was a mortar shell thrown on an area after air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ain Tarma, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amer Almohibany
Smoke rises from damaged buildings after what activists said was a mortar shell thrown on an area after air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ain Tarma, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amer Almohibany
A man walks amid rubble of damaged buildings after what activists said was a mortar shell thrown on an area after air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ain Tarma, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amer Almohibany
Residents run amid rubble of damaged buildings after what activists said was a mortar shell thrown on an area after air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ain Tarma, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amer Almohibany
A rebel fighter walks out of a tunnel between Ain Tarma and Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
Rebel fighters rest with their weapons between Ain Tarma and Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
A damaged playground is seen near a damaged building between Ain Tarma and Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
Rebel fighters walk in Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
A general view shows damaged buildings in Ain Tarma and Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
A general view shows damaged buildings in Ain Tarma and Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
A general view shows damaged buildings in Ain Tarma and Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
A general view shows a damaged bridge between Ain Tarma and Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
Damaged buildings are pictured in Jobar, Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
A man walks amid rubble of damaged buildings after what activists said was a mortar shell thrown on an area after air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ain Tarma, in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amer Almohibany

Press Association

Shelling and sporadic clashes have struck a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, a situation a UN official describes as "beyond inhumane".

Hatem al-Dimashqi, an activist based in an area just south of Damascus, said the Yarmouk camp witnessed clashes and shelling today.

Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees known as UNRWA, said it has not been able to send food or convoys into the camp since the current round of fighting started.

He said: "That means that there is no food, there is no water and there is very little medicine."

Islamic State militants stormed the camp on Wednesday, marking the extremist group's deepest foray yet into Damascus.

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