UN envoy on "urgent mission" to Syria

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6-week old Mohammed is the youngest civilian to have fled Yarmouk since ISIL entered. He was taken to Tadamon by his mother on 4th April 2015
(Photo : UNRWA)

A senior UN envoy has made what he described as an urgent mission to Syria to discuss the siege of a camp for Palestinian refugees.

The Yarmouk camp just south of the Syrian capital Damascus has been blockaded for much of the four years that conflict has raged in the country.

Recently it has been overrun by fighters of the terrorist group know as ISIL.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The Yarmouk camp was originally home to over 200,000 Palestinians who had fled conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The majority has left the camp as a result of the ongoing four years of civil war in Syria.

Some 18,000 civilians, including 3,500 children are still there and unable to leave.

UNRWA, the UN agency that supports those people, has been urgently trying to enter the area following the arrival of terrorist fighters from the outlawed ISIL faction.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl undertook a mission to visit Yarmouk on Saturday to assess the humanitarian situation and to establish if it was possible to resume aid supplies.

He was also due to meet with representatives of the Government of Syria to discuss peaceful approaches to addressing the current situation.

On Friday the UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Yarmouk was beginning to resemble a "death camp."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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