Syrian army bombards Yarmouk camp, war monitor says

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[…]

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ISIL and Nusra put Yarmouk civilians in line of fire

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[…]

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“Insane” reality for Syrians

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[…]

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Palestinian pianist from Yarmouk joins migrant tide

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[…]

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Typhoid hits Palestinians from Yarmouk: UN

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[…]

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SA activists to raise funds for Yarmouk

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[…]

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Yarmouk: an open air prison

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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