The situation in a Palestinian refugee district of Damascus seized by Islamic State has been described as “beyond inhumane” by civil rights activists.
Yarmouk has seen increased shelling and sporadic street fighting after the militant group stormed the southern area of the city on Wednesday, marking the group’s deepest foray into the capital.
Residents wait to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk
Residents in Yarmouk are facing a ‘dire’ situation say activists
Chris Gunness, a spokesman for UNRWSA, a UN support agency for Palestinian refugees, said activists had not been able to get aid into the area since the current round of fighting began.
“That means that there is no food, there is no water and there is very little medicine. People are holed up in their houses, there are reports of aerial bombardment, and there is fighting going on in the streets.
Video: Camp Conditions “Beyond Inhumane”
“This has to stop and civilians must be evacuated. Some 18,000 people, including 3,500 children, are at risk of death or serious injury. The situation is beyond inhumane.”
Yarmouk has been under siege for two years and is home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in the country.