World PLO members to visit Syria to discuss Yarmouk calamity

PLO members to visit Syria to discuss Yarmouk calamity


PLO member Ahmed Majdalani
Leading PLO member Ahmed Majdalani

(AA) – A delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) will visit Syria soon to discuss the issue of the Yarmouk refugee camp with the Syrian regime, leading PLO member Ahmed Majdalani said Monday.

“The delegation will arrive in Syria after completing arrangements with the Syrian government,” Majdalani told The Anadolu Agency, adding that the date has yet to be decided.

Majdalani went on to note that the delegation would generally discuss with the Syrian regime the situation of Palestinians in Syria, with a particular focus on the situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp, which is located in capital Damascus’s southern region.

“The delegation also plans to discuss means by which Palestinians can avoid the ongoing conflict in the county,” he said, adding that the Palestinian leadership is making extensive efforts with Arab organizations and the UN to end the crisis in Yarmouk camp.

Majdalani said that about 7,000 to 8,000 Palestinians remain inside the camp, noting that more people are escaping towards the town of Yalda located on the southern outskirts of Damascus.

Earlier this month, violence has flared up inside the camp when Daesh militants stormed it and clashed with Aknaf Beit Al-Maqdis militant group.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, at least 12 people have been killed in the violence.

In mid-2013, around 166 Palestinian residents of the camp starved to death when Syrian regime forces besieged it.

Syria has been ravaged by a deadly civil war since 2011, when the regime of President Bashar al-Assad violently cracked down on anti-government demonstrations.

More than 220,000 people have been killed in the conflict to date, according to recent UN figures.

Prior to the Syrian conflict, Palestinians living in Syria were estimated at some 581,000 – one third of which had been living in Yarmouk camp, according to UN figures.

However, thousands of Palestinians in Syria have fled to neighboring Lebanon and Jordan, while hundreds of others managed to flee to the Gaza Strip as the conflict between Assad’s forces and armed opposition groups raged on.

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