Syrian Media: IS Shells Parts of Damascus; 1 Civilian Killed

Map locating city of Deir Ezzor where clashes occurred between regime forces and those of the US-back alliance

On the same day middle East UN Agency for assistance to Palestinian refugees and works (UNRWA) warned of "catastrophic consequences" of the violence in Yarmouk and the surrounding areas, including al-Hajar al-Aswad and Aldo.

On Thursday, Palestinian political party Hamas issued an appeal to all sides involved in the fighting to reach a truce.

"We must end the suffering of the Palestinians".

The UN group said that there are no hospitals now operational in the camp, which has been blockaded by government forces on the one hand, and armed opposition groups on the other for several years.

He explained that heavy shelling have destroyed thousands of homes where there is no running water and no electricity.

According to UNRWA some 12,000 Palestinian refugees live in Yarmouk and surrounding areas, including 6,200 refugees who live inside Yarmouk refugee camp which has been under siege imposed by the Syrian regime since 2011.


President Bashar al-Assad's forces have accelerated their campaign to retake militant-held enclaves around country and have been accused of using excessive force, including chemical weapons, in the process.

This was reported in the Syrian monitoring center for human rights, AFP reports.

According to that report - Yarmouk Set on Fire (PDF) - the camp had been bombed twice every 90 seconds since the start of the latest military offensive on April 19. Destruction is primarily provoked by the air and artillery strikes and barrel bombs.

On Friday, April 27, as a result of airstrikes and ground shelling by the Syrian army in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus killed 17 civilians, including seven children.

Many Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk have been displaced to al-Hajar al-Aswad. IS claimed in a statement Friday that its fighters killed 20 soldiers in the area.

"The ongoing hostilities have caused deaths and injuries and the displacement of some 5,000 Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk camp to neighbouring Yalda area" the agency said, adding that there are "an uncertain number of civilians trapped in Yarmouk and urgently need a safe passage out of the camp".

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