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UNRWA head sets off for Syria over Yarmouk situation

Yarmouk

The organization said on Saturday that Pierre Krahenbuhl is to discuss the situation in the Palestinian refugee camp, which has recently been under deadly attacks by Takfiri terrorists.

UNRWA said in a statement that Krahenbuhl is paying the visit due to the agency’s “deepening concerns for the safety and protection of some 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including 3,500 children,” who are still in the camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The statement highlighted that the lives of the residents of the camp are threatened “by the effects of the armed conflict in the area.”

The Takfiri terrorist group of ISIL, which currently controls parts of Iraq and Syria, stormed Yarmouk on April 1, capturing large parts of it. The site is the biggest refugee camp in Syria and lies seven kilometers south of Damascus.

Yarmouk, which was once home to 160,000 Syrians and Palestinians, has turned into a ghost town as a result of the violent attacks by anti-government militants over the past four years of war in Syria.

Hundreds of residents, who have managed to escape the camp since the ISIL occupation, present a horrific image of the situation and the ’ atrocities inside Yarmouk.

Date:April 11, 2015

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