PLO official: Thousands flee Damascus camp
Over half the Palestinian population of a Damascus refugee camp have fled, a PLO official said Monday, after Syrian forces killed 25 people in an aerial attack a day earlier Maan reported.
PLO official in Syria Anwar Abdul-Hadi told Ma'an that Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp have been suffering terrible conditions during recent fighting between rebels and Palestinian fighters aligned with the Syrian regime.
Palestinians have sought refuge in nearby schools, mosques and United Nations buildings, Abdul-Hadi said, adding that President Abbas has been updated about the latest developments.
The Syrian regime has reportedly pledged not to attack Yarmouk refugee camp again, the PLO official said, adding that there have been violent clashes inside the camp between Syrian rebels and Palestinian fighters from the PFLP-GC.
Heavy fighting broke out 13 days ago between Palestinians loyal to Assad and Syrian rebels, together with a brigade of Palestinian fighters known as Liwaa al-Asifah (Storm Brigade).
The fighting intensified on Saturday with rebels gaining ground inside the camp, forcing Ahmed Jibril, a veteran leader of the PFLP-GC, a Damascus-based Palestinian faction that backs Assad, to leave the capital with his son.