Palestinian envoy seeking Iran’s help for Yarmouk refugee camp

TEHRAN (FNA)- Palestinian Ambassador to Damascus Anwar Abdulhadi voiced his concern over the deteriorating conditions of the civilian population in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, and urged Iran to made immediate moves help to put an end to the siege of the Palestinian refugee camp.

“I request … the Iranian officials to help the Palestinians of Yarmouk refugee camp, who have been forced to flee due to the tragic conditions of the camp caused by the presence of militant groups,” Abdulhadi told FNA on Saturday.

Starvation deaths in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus have increased dramatically.

Palestinian forces inside Yarmouk are largely surrounded by the ISIL fighters who have captured large swathes of the camp since an assault that began Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, confirmed that “hundreds” of people had been evacuated from the camp.

On Friday, a group of 14 Palestinian factions backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel the ISIL militants from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Southern Damascus.

The factions support “a security solution that will be carried out in partnership with the Syrian state,” Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Ahmed Majdalani said.

In early April the ISIL was reported to be in control of a “large part” of the camp after fighting with Palestinian groups also opposed to President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Yarmouk was once a home to 160,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians.

An agreement last year between terrorists and the government, backed by Palestinian factions, led to an easing of the siege, but humanitarian access has remained limited.

By Fars News Agency