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PLO: 'Chaos' in Yarmouk as armed rebel groups return
Published Saturday 08/03/2014 (updated) 10/03/2014 10:18
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The return of militants from the rebel groups al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to Yarmouk camp in Damascus has brought back tension and "chaos," a Palestine Liberation Organization official said on Saturday.

PLO Executive Committee member in charge of refugees affairs Zakariyya al-Agha said in a statement on Saturday that the return of the rebel armed groups in violation of an agreement reached with PLO factions had brought the besieged refugee camp back to chaos and conflict.

Al-Agha stressed that as a result of the entrance of the groups it had become very difficult to secure the entrance of humanitarian aid into the camp, which has been under a siege by regime forces since last summer.

PLO officials are exerting as much efforts as they can to try and avoid further complications in order to avert an even worse crisis, he added, highlighting that militants from different affiliations were being urged to leave the camp.

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 on the camp, leading to a rapid deterioration of living conditions.

Thousands have fled the camp, while the remaining residents -- who are estimated to number around 18,000 -- have faced extremely severe conditions in recent months, with reports that dozens have starved to death.

The Syrian conflict, which began as peaceful protests in March 2011 but developed into a civil war, has killed more than 130,000 people and prompted millions to flee their homes.
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1 ) Mel / USA
08/03/2014 20:17
What did you expect?Those'rebel'AQ/Nusra,Chechan,ISIL terrorists are all WESTERN/GCC proxies who've been waiting for their next petro-checks! Yet somehow,EU,UKG,USG see ALL the refugee factions of PALESTINE as the"enemy"?The GCC protects Zionism which filled the refugee camps initially &occupied the PALESTINIAN lands these MILLIONS of refugees should RETURN TO! Now the GCC/Riyadh mob FUND/ARM these"rebels"to finish off an anti-Shia COUP & murder REFUGEES too?Shame on U Saudi/Qatar/USG/Israel.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/03/2014 22:10
Shame on you, Mel. Where is the BDS against Syria? Where is the flotilla to Latakia bring relief supplies and raise world awareness? Where is the UN human rights council? Why isn't Mel leading the call for a boycott against Syria? Why aren't Mel and Colin and Mark and Maureen and Ian and Gabi and Julie protesting every day outside the Syrian embassy? Why aren't they putting together a flotilla to sail to Syria and demand justice? Cuz they don't care. That's why.

3 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
09/03/2014 05:47
Careful Mel, your mask is slipping. Even in Syria you blame Jews. Ignorance may be bliss but it looks extremely ugly. We get it. You hate Israel. Zionism is evil. Israel controls everything blah, blah and f'ing blah. Change the record Mel or take medication.

4 ) spb / usa
09/03/2014 20:58
hafla filistine

5 ) Mel / USA
10/03/2014 18:11
#3:Dwek:Don't be a Dork!One doesn't have to LIKE the Assad's,to speak out for SYRIA's sovereign rights!Syria,like Jordan,has long been VERY useful to Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestine by hosting tens of thousands of refugees,who SHOULD BE IN Palestine,at home,except for Israel's 67yrs genocidal,collective-punishment,EXPULSION of Arabs,from homes,to CAMPS!And,who'd you think Israel'd RATHER have in Syria?Assad or AQ/Nusra?Use the left-side brain,DUDE!
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