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Abbas urges relief for besieged Yarmouk camp
Published Friday 03/01/2014 (updated) 04/01/2014 11:18
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"Yarmouk camp is hungry" (MaanImages)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called on all parties involved to facilitate the entrance of supplies into the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus.

Abbas stressed the need for relief "in order to save the lives" of the camp's Palestinian refugees, who have been under a state of siege by Syrian regime forces since July.

The presidential office said in a statement that the Palestinian leadership is putting all its efforts to end the siege on the camp.

The statement added that a number of delegations have been sent to Syria in order to help end the siege and provide supplies with the help of international organizations.

After rebels seized control of Yarmouk in December 2012, the camp became embroiled in the armed fighting taking place across Syria and came under heavy regime assault. Regime forces eventually encircled the camp and in July imposed a siege, leading to a rapid deterioration of living conditions.

Fatah leader Abbas Zaki told Ma'an in mid-October that Yarmouk's population of 250,000 had dwindled to 18,000 after two and a half years of conflict in Syria.

The Syrian conflict, which began as peaceful protests in March 2011 but developed into a civil war, has killed more than 120,000 people and prompted millions to flee their homes.
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1 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
04/01/2014 09:23
Isn't it so typical how noone- especially Palestinians- care what happens to other Palestinians unless Jews are involved? If there are no Jews to spit on noone gives a damn. The 18,000 dying in Yarmouk represent 9 times the number of Palestinians that died in Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense COMBINED and yet not a peep from the Leftists, Humanists and Progressives. Where is the Islamic World? Always so big on standing up for Palestinians against "Zionazis" yet not a word on Yarmouk.

2 ) Reality Check / World
05/01/2014 00:57
Jews are just the scapegoats for Arab atrocities, its pretty obvious if your not completely brainwashed. That's why so many ignorant people blame the sun and moon on the Israeli's, as if their little plot of land they call Israel in a sea of Arabs is the reason for ME instability. If it isn't painfully obvious at this point that radical Islam and sectarianism and a violent culture are responsible for the chaos that we call the Middle East then I don't know what can open your ignorant eyes.
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