Thousands of residents flee terrorism-torn Yarmouk Camp

Damascus, SANA – Residents of the terrorism-torn Yarmouk Camp in Damascus have been fleeing the neighborhood under incessant attacks by terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra.

Up to 2000 people have fled in the past two days, who were moved to government-run makeshift centers in the al-Tadamun and al-Zahira neighborhoods.

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Many of the fleeing locals opened up to SANA and spoke of their ordeal having had to experience the terrorists’ unspeakable brutality firsthand.

Those told the reporter that they were helped by the Syrian army and Palestinian factions and popular committees to leave their neighborhood, which has been besieged by terrorist groups since 2012.

The recent intensive assault by ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra against Yarmouk Camp, which hosts Palestinian refugees and Syrian citizens, began last week, with the terrorists attacking and robbing houses, committing mass killings among civilians and holding others in captivity.

The latest of such crimes took place yesterday, where terrorists killed and decapitated 5 people and shot dead two young men under the residents’ eyes.

Minister of Social Affairs Kinda al-Shammat inspected the situation of the new arrivals at a makeshift center today, stressing that the Ministry has immediately responded to all the urgent needs of those families in cooperation with the General Administration for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR).

She noted that there will be integral successive programs to provide psychological and health care to children and women.

Haifa Said

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