Besieged civilians in Yarmouk camp south of Damascus. File photo
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Damascus, Syria – More than 150 Palestinian students were allowed to leave the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus, in order to perform their school exams, local sources reported Friday.
The Palestinian students, accompanied with their teachers, have reportedly walked three kilometers until they reached Yalda neighborhood, which is held by the opposition fighters.
The students later arrived in the city of Damascus, where they will take national curriculum examinations.
The AFP reported that teachers had petitioned a Palestinian official in Damascus to allow students to perform their exams there, as those administered in the camp are not recognized by the state anymore.
In the meantime, the U.N. official spokesman Chris Gunness told reporters that “155 Palestinian students had left Yarmouk with the help of the authorities, and were receiving food and other aid from UNRWA.”
Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees was once a vibrant home to some 160,000 people, but has been ravaged by a devastating government siege, bombing, and clashes, according to reports.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi