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Syrian Gov’t Forces Crack down on Palestinians’ Free Movement South of Damascus

Published : 22-07-2018

Syrian Gov’t Forces Crack down on Palestinians’ Free Movement South of Damascus

The Syrian government forces stipulated that in order for Palestinian refugees sheltered in Yarmouk Camp and the towns of Yalda, Babila, and Beit Sahel to gain access to Damascus a formal consent should be issued to that very end.

Activists in southern Damascus said entry permissions can only be granted to the refugees if their situation is worked out. Every concerned person should carry a residence permit south of Damascus, a residential lease, and a list comprising the names of all family members. A written application should be submitted to the concerned authorities.

Shortly after, a security check is conducted by the government forces to verify the provided data. The applicant receives a written reply by the head of the Palestine Branch so as to be allowed to enter Damascus through a checkpoint in Babila.

The activists added that such a prerequisite has been enforced prior to the government’s recapture of southern Damascus and maintained even following the retreat of the opposition outfits on account of underway procedures and of former affiliations with the opposition or ISIS militias.

Most of Palestinian families south of Damascus fled Yarmouk Camp as a result of the tough blockade imposed by the government troops and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command and also after ISIS grabbed hold of the camp on April 1, 2015.

Scores of other families who remained in Yarmouk fled the camp following the military operation launched by the government forces on April 19.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/7460

The Syrian government forces stipulated that in order for Palestinian refugees sheltered in Yarmouk Camp and the towns of Yalda, Babila, and Beit Sahel to gain access to Damascus a formal consent should be issued to that very end.

Activists in southern Damascus said entry permissions can only be granted to the refugees if their situation is worked out. Every concerned person should carry a residence permit south of Damascus, a residential lease, and a list comprising the names of all family members. A written application should be submitted to the concerned authorities.

Shortly after, a security check is conducted by the government forces to verify the provided data. The applicant receives a written reply by the head of the Palestine Branch so as to be allowed to enter Damascus through a checkpoint in Babila.

The activists added that such a prerequisite has been enforced prior to the government’s recapture of southern Damascus and maintained even following the retreat of the opposition outfits on account of underway procedures and of former affiliations with the opposition or ISIS militias.

Most of Palestinian families south of Damascus fled Yarmouk Camp as a result of the tough blockade imposed by the government troops and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command and also after ISIS grabbed hold of the camp on April 1, 2015.

Scores of other families who remained in Yarmouk fled the camp following the military operation launched by the government forces on April 19.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/7460