ISIS takes over 90% of Palestinian camp near Damascus after heavy fighting with al-Qaeda

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Militants of the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda wing in Syria. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – Around 90% of the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees south of Syria’s capital Damascus was captured by the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) after battles with fighters from the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda branch in Syria, leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said on Friday. 

Anwar Abdul Hadi, a leading member of the PLO, confirmed Friday that the renewed clashes between ISIS and al-Qaeda offshoot Nusra led to the death of at least five civilians and the injury of twenty others.

Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Wael al-Shami said: “The Syrian regime is providing light weapons and ammunition to both sides to continue the fighting.” 

According to al-Shami, “there are pro-Assad security officers in the ranks of the Nusra and ISIS as well, and they work on decreasing the power of both sides in favor of the regime.”  

ISIS has also been engaged in heavy fighting with Syrian rebel factions on different fighting fronts across Syria, “which weakens rebels’ power in front of the regime’s army,” according to a rebel spokesman.

“Draining the power of both terrorist groups [ISIS and Nusra] is fine in all cases, but the conflict in the areas crowded with civilians is a critical issue,” rebel spokesman Slaeh Zein told ARA News on the phone. 

Reporting by: Mir Yaqoub

Source: ARA News

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