Palestinian camp in Syria "engulfed by intense fighting"

UNRWA extremely concerned about the safety in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. Photo: UNRWA/Walla Masoud

A "desperate" situation is developing inside a refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus in Syria where heavy fighting between warring parties is putting hundreds of thousands of civilians in "acute danger".

That's according to the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) which on Monday appealed to all armed actors to withdraw immediately from Yarmouk camp.

Meanwhile, media reports indicated that the terrorist group ISIL had captured nearly all of the camp.

UNRWA said civilians are trying to flee but are trapped by the precarious security situtation.

Reem Abaza spoke with UNRWA spokesperson Sami Mshasha, and began by asking him how refugees inside Yarmouk camp are describing the situation.

Duration: 3'09" [Early out: 2'28"]

 

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