Conflicting reports on whether Palestinians manage to push ISIS out of Syrian refugee camp

Some reports indicate Palestinian gunmen are still fighting ISIS terrorists in the camp.

April 2, 2015 19:36
1 minute read.
Yarmouk refugee camp

Yarmouk refugee camp. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

There were conflicting reports on Thursday on whether Palestinian gunmen had managed to drive members of Islamic State out of the Yarmouk refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Some reports suggested that the camp had been “liberated” from the Islamic State terrorists, while others said that fighting was continuing between the two parties.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Earlier reports said that Islamic State had managed to occupy the camp on Wednesday.

Hours later, according to the reports, the Islamists withdrew from the camp, only to return to it early Thursday.

It was Islamic State’s biggest attack near the heart of Damascus since the beginning of the civil war four years ago.

The PLO said in a statement issued in Ramallah that the aggression against the camp was aimed at turning it into a battlefield “where Palestinians would pay the price.”

The United Nations and Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees expressed deep concern over the safety and protection of Syrian and Palestinian civilians in the camp.

“Credible information from public sources indicates that a variety of armed groups are engaged in fierce fighting in areas where Yarmuk’s 18,000 civilians, including some 3,500 children, reside, placing them at extreme risk of death, serious injury, trauma and displacement,” UNRWA said in a statement.

“In the strongest possible terms, UNRWA demands from all parties respect for and compliance with their obligations to ensure the protection of civilians in Yarmuk,” the statement added.

Related Content

Donald Trump
July 23, 2018
Trump warns Iran to 'never, ever threaten' U.S. or suffer consequences