Palestinians: Rebels Left Yarmouk Refugee Camp

PLO: Rebels Kept Pullout Deal, Left

Officials from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) say that the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus has been totally cleansed of rebel fighters following a deal between the rebels and Palestinians within the camp.

“There are no more foreign fighters in the camp,” the PLO confirmed. The UN insisted it remains unable to distribute aid into the camp because of a lack of ceasefire deals.

A large portion of Yarmouk’s population fled into neighboring Lebanon when rebels started taking over the camp, and those who have remained have faced growing shortages, with dozens of civilians dying of malnutrition as a result of the fighting.

After the rebels took the camp, the Syrian military effectively blockaded it, though they have offered to let the UN in with aid. The news that the rebels have left may well mean the aid shortages will soon come to an end.

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