Palestinian factions come together to solve Damascus refugee camp "humanitarian crisis"
Due to Syrian President Bashar Assad's tactics of starving out the Damascus suburbs under rebel control, there is a growing humanitarian crisis in the Yarmouk refugee camp. (AFP/File)
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Palestinian factions in Syria are scheduled to hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss the terms of an agreement to end the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.
A major part of the agreement is to evacuate all gunmen from the camp in return for the Syrian government to resume providing services to the camp’s population.
PLO political bureau chief Anwar Abdul-Hadi told Ma’an Monday that faction representatives would study the terms of agreement, evaluate the situation and set a date for implementation.
The PLO, he asserted, is interested in evacuating all gunmen from the camp because it is “located in Damascus which is fully controlled by the Syrian government’s security services.”
Some gunmen, he added, have already left the camp in the past few days. The rest are expected to leave as soon as the agreement is put into effect.
Abdul-Hadi added that a delegation of about 50 officials including independent figures and representatives of Palestinian factions would visit the camp in two days to make sure all gunmen have left.
The Syrian government, Abdul-Hadi says, welcomes the return of all Palestinian refugees, who have Syrian travel documents, to their refugee camps which they left to Egypt, Lebanon and other neighboring countries, fearing the ongoing clashes there.
Abdul-Hadi pointed out that he met Monday with Syrian deputy foreign minister Faysal Miqdad in his office in Damascus and discussed the latest developments in Syria and its Palestinian refugee camps. They agreed that all gunmen refugee should leave the camps before refugees who were displaced could return and live in peace.
The Syrian government is ready to resume all services and keep peace and order in Yarmouk camp as soon as gunmen leave, Miqdad told the PLO official. “Relations between Palestine and Syria are too strong to be disrupted by some remarks based on personal or partial interests.”