Thousands of Palestinians remain trapped in Yarmouk camp in Syria

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Thousands of civilians are trapped in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, Syria. Photo: UNRWA (file)

Concern has been raised by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) about the plight of thousands of civilians trapped in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, Syria.

Fighters form the ISIL terrorist group attacked the camp last week forcing hundreds of people to flee.

However, thousands of Palestinians remain trapped as armed groups intensify fighting around the camp.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has been trying to deliver humanitarian assistance to the trapped civilians but has so far been unable to do so.

UNRWA is concerned about the protection of thousands of civilians in the besieged camp.

UN Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric says the situation in Yarmouk remains extremely tense with street fighting continuing and unconfirmed reports of the aerial bombardment of civilian areas.

"UNRWA remains greatly alarmed that sustained hostilities continue to inflict unimaginable suffering to the 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian men, women and children trapped in Yarmouk, who survive under constant threat of armed violence, and remain unable to safely access water, food and basic healthcare. UNRWA is calling for a pause in the hostilities, humanitarian access to civilians who need assistance and the safe evacuation of civilians who want to leave Yarmouk." (29")

The UN has urged all armed groups inside Yarmouk to respect and comply with their obligations to ensure the protection of civilians. 

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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