Palestinian officials negotiate ISIS on destiny of refugees stranded south Damascus


Yarmouk Refugee Camp. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – Subsequent to their control over the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees south of the Syrian capital Damascus, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) launched an initiative to neutralize the camp from battles between the pro-Assad forces and the armed opposition, local activists reported on Friday.

Militants of the IS radical group, supported by al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria), were able to expel months ago rebels of the Bait al-Maqdis Brigades from Yarmouk.

Activists reported that rebels of Bait al-Maqdis “are seeking reconciliation with the Assad regime in Damascus”.

On Tuesday, the Damascus-based Palestinian officials Mohammed Alia and Adnan Ibrahim, Secretary of Fatah movement, visited the Yarmouk camp to negotiate possible neutralization of Yarmouk camp from the ongoing Syrian war, in an attempt to reassure the safety of thousands of Palestinians stranded in the camp. 

The negotiations haven’t brought about tangible results, according to local sources. 

Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, activist Matar Ismail said that more efforts are needed from all conflicting parties in Damascus about the issue of Yarmouk camp.

“A temporary ceasefire doesn’t mean a lot, as thousands are starving and suffering deteriorating health conditions in Yarmouk,” Ismail said. 

In Yarmouk, more than 18,000 civilians –mostly Palestinian refugees– have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control.


Reporting by: Adel Hassan

Source: ARA News

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