Monday 27 March 2017

UN alarm at horrific plight of refugees

A desperate man runs with an injured baby from an area of Idlib city hit by heavy shelling, from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad (REUTERS/Ammar Abdallah)
A desperate man runs with an injured baby from an area of Idlib city hit by heavy shelling, from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad (REUTERS/Ammar Abdallah)
Residents and rebel fighters inspect fire at a damaged site after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad on Al-Dubeit neighborhood in Idlib city, after rebels took control of the area April 5 (REUTERS/Ammar Abdallah)

Palestinian fighters clashed with Isil militants in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital yesterday as the UN described the situation in the embattled camp as “beyond inhumane”.

The fighting in Yarmouk began last Wednesday after Isil took over much of the camp, marking their deepest foray yet into Damascus.

The heavy clashes that have raged since then have added yet another layer of misery for the nearly 18,000 Yarmouk residents who have already endured desperate conditions marked by a lack of basicfood, medicine and water.

The deteriorating situation prompted the UN Security Council to call an emergency meeting to discuss Yarmouk. The Security Council was scheduled to receive a closed-door videoconference briefing by the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Pierre Krahenbuhl.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government aircraft have been shelling the camp and dropping barrel bombs since Sunday. The fighting inside the camp has largelypitted Isil against Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis, a Palestinian faction opposed to SyrianPresident BasharAssad.

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