Thousands trapped in Syria’s Yarmouk camp amid violence

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Residents of Syria's besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, crowded a destroyed street during a food distribution led by the UNRWA, on January 31, 2014.
Thousands remain trapped inside the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk near the Syrian capital, Damascus, as Takfiri militants continue to hamper humanitarian aid operations.

The families trapped inside the camp are grappling with a worsening humanitarian crisis as they are in urgent need of food and medical assistance.

“The situation is catastrophic. There is no food or medicine… People are eating grass, we are hopeless,” one of Yarmouk’s residents told Press TV.

This is while foreign-backed Takfiri militants continue to launch mortar attacks on the camp, hampering the distribution of humanitarian aid by the Syrian government, Syria-based Palestinian factions and the United Nations.

Fighters from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command- (PFLP-GC) have been stationed near the camp to counter all kinds of attacks by the extremist groups.

A Palestinian fighter told Press TV that the militant groups keep firing mortars on Yarmouk, adding, “There are many [militant] brigades including al-Qaeda-linked ones.”

Since the start of this year, nearly 4,000 sick and wounded civilians have been evacuated from the Palestinian refugee camp.

Takfiri militants have so far violated at least three ceasefire agreements with the Syrian government and Palestinians to end the violence in Yarmouk.

Many people have reportedly lost their lives in Yarmouk over the past few months because of food and medical shortages in the camp.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Reports say some 140,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the foreign-backed crisis.

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