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Daesh seizes most of Damascus camp from Al Qaeda — PLO
By AFP - Apr 13,2016 - Last updated at Apr 13,2016
DAMASCUS — The Daesh terror group took control on Tuesday of most of a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus, seizing territory held by Syria's Al Qaeda affiliate, a Palestinian official told AFP.
"[Daesh] began attacking positions of its former ally Al Nusra and took control of 60 per cent of the camp," the Palestine Liberation Organisation chief in Damascus, Anwar Abdel Hadi, said.
"Some Nusra fighters joined [Daesh] ranks. Daesh then besieged the last remaining Nusra positions and demanded that they leave the camp," he said, adding that at least three civilians were killed in the clashes.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — a Britain-based monitoring group — confirmed the fighting.
Once a thriving district that was home to some 160,000 Syrians and Palestinians, Yarmouk has been devastated by violence since late 2012.
The Syrian army imposed a tight siege on the camp that reportedly led to deaths because of shortages of food and medicines.
Daesh seized parts of Yarmuk in April 2015, and has fought alongside Nusra battalions inside the camp, although Palestinian factions and pro-government forces pushed the militants back in places.
Amaq, a news agency affiliated with Daesh, said the group was now in command of most of the camp.
According to the Palestinian official, some 6,000 civilians remain in Yarmuk alongside around 3,000 Daesh militants.
A military operation is necessary to expel Daesh jihadists from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in south Damascus, Syria's reconciliation minister said on Wednesday.
A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded dozens of others, Syria's official news agency said.
A Palestinian official said on Thursday he supported a Syrian army offensive to regain control of the war-battered Yarmouk camp on the outskirts of Damascus that has fallen into the hands of Daesh.
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