The Syrian army bombarded militants in the last area outside government control near Damascus overnight, as President Bashar al-Assad accelerated his push to retake remaining enclaves. US, British and French air strikes on Saturday to punish Assad for suspected use of chemical weapons have done nothing to slow the advance[…]
Deadly fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the al-Nusra Front has put civilians, mostly Palestinian refugees, in danger yet again in the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus. Issam, a 54-year-old resident of Yarmouk, said that civilians have called for a temporary humanitarian ceasefire[…]
Humanitarian aid has reached the besieged area of Yarmouk in Syria. At least 100 trucks filled with supplies rolled out of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Wednesday afternoon. The United Nations confirmed that a task force seeking humanitarian access throughout the conflict-torn country is scheduled to meet. Speaking to VOC[…]
UN aid workers gained access to Palestinian refugees in the Damascus area for the first time in over seven months following approval by the Syrian government to open a limited number of besieged areas across the war-torn country. Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) told Ma’an[…]
A deal brokered by the United Nations hopes to end the suffering of thousands of residents stuck between a government-imposed siege and armed opposition groups in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus. The deal, which has not been confirmed yet, will permit the exit of fighters from[…]
Three years of siege, famine and bombing of his Damascus refugee camp didn’t kill celebrated Palestinian musician Aeham al-Ahmad, but something died inside him the day militants burnt his beloved piano in front of his eyes. It was then that Ahmad, whose music had brought consolation, even a bit of[…]
Typhoid has broken out among Palestinian refugees from the besieged Yarmouk camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Wednesday. UNRWA said it had been able to confirm the outbreak after gaining access to residents of the camp sheltering in the nearby Yalda neighborhood. “UNRWA[…]
The United Nations removed the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp from a list of besieged areas in Syria despite not having direct access to the camp for five months, a humanitarian news group said Friday. “The UN continues to have no direct access, but has been able, with partners, to deliver[…]
A South African coalition of Palestinian solidarity activists on Wednesday began shooting a video campaign in order to create public awareness around the situation in Al-Yarmouk. In April 2015, the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp was besieged by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) militia. The Yarmouk camp[…]
The situation continues to deteriorate for refugees stuck within the confines of Yarmouk, after large parts of the refugee camp was overrun by Islamic State (IS) radicals earlier this month. Many analysts have since condemned what has been a global inaction to address the situation, with the fiercest resistance coming[…]
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