Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria resembles "death camp", says UN chief

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Palestinian refugees living in active conflict areas in Syria such as Yarmouk, Khan Eshieh and the Dera'a surroundings, face brutal hardships. Photo: UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammed

A refugee camp in Syria where thousands of Palestinians and Syrians are trapped is beginning to resemble a death camp, according to UN Secretary-General.

The war in Syria continues and fighters from the ISIL or Daesh terrorist group, attacked Yarmouk camp last week, forcing hundreds of people to flee.

The UN has expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in the camp where people are unable to safely access water, food and basic healthcare.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

There are reports of fighting and aerial bombing of civilians in Yarmouk camp just outside the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there are no longer words available to describe the mayhem the war in Syria has caused.

He said the fighting has hit new depths and the Yarmouk refugee camp is what he called "the deepest circle of hell".

"After more than two years of a merciless siege, 18,000 Palestine refugees and Syrians are now being held hostage by Daesh and other extremist militants. A refugee camp is beginning to resemble a death camp. The residents of Yarmouk – including 3,500 children — are being turned into human shields."

The Secretary-General said the people in Yarmouk refugee camp face a double-edged sword of armed elements inside the camp, and government forces outside.

He called on all Member States with influence on the Government and all parties on the ground to take all steps necessary to send a clear message that civilians must be spared and protected at all times.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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