Complete Battle Update from Yarmouk Camp; 1,600 Civilians Escorted to Safety
Day seven of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) offensive at the Al-Yarmouk Camp began with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launching a barrage of mortar shells at the latter’s positions on 30th Street; this led to fierce clashes on the border of the Al-Qadam District between the two parties.
With the firefights engulfing 30th Street, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) – in coordination with the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) and Fatah Al-Intifada – attacked the ISIS militants on Libya Street, recapturing the territory lost to the enemy combatants on Sunday night.
The Palestinian resistance forces are now in control of 40 percent of the Al-Yarmouk and Falasteen Camp Districts, along with the majority of Al-Tadamon – the firefights at the latter district involves the Islamist forces not loyal to ISIS.
As a result of their success, the Palestinian resistance forces were able to secure the safety of 1,600 civilians inside the district by creating a safe passage to the north, where they were greeted by aid workers and soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army.
The SAA soldiers escorted the civilians to safety at a nearby camp and then transferred those seeking medical assistance to a local hospital.
According to a source from Jarmana Camp, the Palestinian resistance forces are trying to secure the safety of the remaining civilians in Al-Yarmouk Camp; however, they are unable at the moment due to the Islamist factions clashing with one another inside the district.
For the Islamist factions loyal to Jaysh Al-Islam, they are currently wedged between the Palestinian resistance forces and ISIS – rumors have surfaced that members of the Hamas affiliated “Aknef Beit Al-Maqdis” militia have defected to the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”; however, this is still not confirmed.
Aknef Beit Al-Maqdis clashed with ISIS at the Palestine Street axis near the Loubya building; this battle resulted in the latter gaining more ground in central Al-Yarmouk.
The PLA destroyed a large tunnel that stretched from the Al-Yarmouk Camp to the Falasteen Camp after an airstrike by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) unearthed this supply area.
The leader of the “Free Palestine Liberation Army,” Khaled Al-Hassan (AKA “Abu ‘Uday”), was killed while clashing with ISIS at the Hajar Al-Aswad and Al-Yarmouk Camp border axis.