PLO: Syria’s Yarmouk camp almost fully controlled by Daesh

Published April 13th, 2016 - 06:30 GMT
The Palestine Liberation Organization estimates that Daesh now controls at least 60 percent of Yarmouk refugee camp. (File photo)
The Palestine Liberation Organization estimates that Daesh now controls at least 60 percent of Yarmouk refugee camp. (File photo)

Daesh has taken control of most of the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria after pushing out a rival group, says the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

“Daesh began attacking positions of its former ally al-Nusra and took control of 60 percent of the camp," said PLO chief in Damascus Anwar Abdel Hadi on Tuesday.

According to Hadi, three civilians have been killed in the clashes between the rival factions in the camp, located in southern Damascus.

"Some Nusra fighters joined Daesh ranks. Daesh then besieged the last remaining Nusra positions and demanded that they leave the camp," he said, adding that now some 6,000 civilians and 3,000 militants inhabit the camp.

The takeover has been confirmed by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and has been announced via Daesh-connected media outlets.

Last April, Daesh managed to seize parts of the camp with the help of its former al-Qaeda-affiliated ally, but was eventually pushed back by Palestinian factions and Syrian government troops.  

The camp was once home to 160,000 Syrians and Palestinians. Five years of tumult in Syria have turned it into a ghost town and left the remaining inhabitants facing a dire humanitarian situation


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