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Palestine Ambassador: Families’ Return to Yarmouk Camp Indefinite

Published : 27-05-2019

Palestine Ambassador: Families’ Return to Yarmouk Camp Indefinite

Director-General of the Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Ambassador Anwar Abdul Hadi, said displaced families should not be misled into believing that they will gain access to their homes in Yarmouk Camp sometime soon.

Speaking from Yarmouk Camp, Abdul Hadi said the families’ return remains indefinite and that several buildings remain uninhabitable and risk to collapse at any possible moment.

He quoted the Damascus Governor as stating that civilian buildings need to be carefully inspected before families are allowed to return to the camp.

He added that the Syrian government green-lighted debris-clearance in residential alleyways.

Most of Palestinian families taking shelter south of Damascus fled Yarmouk 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 stranded families fled the camp following the 33-day military operation launched by the government forces on April 19, 2018. The Syrian government forces regained control over Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus towns following the military operation. Dozens of civilians were killed and dozens more injured in the offensive. Over 60% of buildings in Yarmouk have gone either totally or partially destroyed in the warfare.

A few months earlier, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) published the results of an assessment of the damage to Syrian cities caused by seven years of relentless bombardment by the incumbent regime and its allies since 2011.

The analysis found out that as many as 5,489 buildings were destroyed in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. The damage atlas used satellite-detected damage analysis to identify buildings that are either destroyed, or severely or moderately damaged. 

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8689

Director-General of the Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Ambassador Anwar Abdul Hadi, said displaced families should not be misled into believing that they will gain access to their homes in Yarmouk Camp sometime soon.

Speaking from Yarmouk Camp, Abdul Hadi said the families’ return remains indefinite and that several buildings remain uninhabitable and risk to collapse at any possible moment.

He quoted the Damascus Governor as stating that civilian buildings need to be carefully inspected before families are allowed to return to the camp.

He added that the Syrian government green-lighted debris-clearance in residential alleyways.

Most of Palestinian families taking shelter south of Damascus fled Yarmouk 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 stranded families fled the camp following the 33-day military operation launched by the government forces on April 19, 2018. The Syrian government forces regained control over Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus towns following the military operation. Dozens of civilians were killed and dozens more injured in the offensive. Over 60% of buildings in Yarmouk have gone either totally or partially destroyed in the warfare.

A few months earlier, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) published the results of an assessment of the damage to Syrian cities caused by seven years of relentless bombardment by the incumbent regime and its allies since 2011.

The analysis found out that as many as 5,489 buildings were destroyed in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. The damage atlas used satellite-detected damage analysis to identify buildings that are either destroyed, or severely or moderately damaged. 

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8689