Palestinian refugees at the Yarmouk Refugee Camp in metro Damascus are reporting an ugly crackdown on resistance by ISIS, claiming the militants are beheading people after several days of fighting over the camp.
Before the Syrian Civil War, the camp was treated as basically a suburb of Damascus. Now, what was once 200,000 civilians is down to around 10,000, with massive exoduses every time the fighting picks up.
The ISIS takeover is just another step in the ever-worsening humanitarian crisis at the camp, and their arrival has led to barrel bomb strikes, aimed at ISIS forces but inevitably also endangering the civilian populace.
ISIS has been pushing into the camp since Wednesday and is believed to hold 90 percent of it. The camp is their only major possession in the area around Damascus.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Germany Suspends Training for Iraqi Kurdish Troops - October 18th, 2017
- Oil Firm Sees Congressional Vote on Iran Deal as Potential Positive - October 18th, 2017
- Saudi Airstrike Kills Six Civilians, Mostly Children, in North Yemen - October 18th, 2017
- Kurdish Independence at Risk Amid Iraqi Offensive - October 18th, 2017
- Catalonia Will Declare Independence If Spain Suspends Autonomy - October 18th, 2017