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Clashes Continue in Syria’s Yarmouk Camp

19 December 2012 13:00


Clashes continued in the Palestinian refugees’ camp of al-Yarmouk between militants and popular committees in the camp.

Syrian daily al-Watan quoted residents in the camp as saying the “clashes were taking place, in Thalatheen street and the neighborhoods of Taqaddom and Oroubah, netween the armed groups and the Palestinian popular committees.”

The residents added that all during yesterday they were hearing sounds of powerful explosions in the camp.

Witnesses said that the Syrian army has brought forward reinforcement outside the camp, and was preventing anyone from entering in order to save the lives of people.

Meanwhile, Tens of thousands of the residents have fled the 2.1 square-kilometer camp.

“Our conservative estimate would be that at least 50 per cent of the people living in the Yarmouk suburb have left or are leaving, taking refuge in other parts of Damascus, UNRWA schools and facilities or leaving altogether,” Sami Mshasha, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said.

About 150,000 registered Palestinian refugees live in the area, in addition to Syrians displaced from the Israeli-occupied Golan heights.

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