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Heavy Criticism Leveled at PLO over Fast-Breaking Banquet in Embattled Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

Published : 25-05-2019

Heavy Criticism Leveled at PLO over Fast-Breaking Banquet in Embattled Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees

A banquet held on Wednesday by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees sparked widespread anger among displaced families and activists.

An activist said: “How come that the PLO managed to get a permission from Syrian authorities to hold a banquet while it failed to receive green-light for the return of displaced families to the camp?”

The banquet was held in Haifa Street in Yarmouk. Families taking shelter in the area along with PLO officials were in attendance.

Addressing the residents, Palestine Ambassador Anwar Abdul Hadi said the event bodes well and is a promising sign that families will gain access to their homes soon.

“We will combine forces with the Syrian government to boost reconstruction and smooth the families’ return”, he added.

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. 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 80% 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 : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8666

A banquet held on Wednesday by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees sparked widespread anger among displaced families and activists.

An activist said: “How come that the PLO managed to get a permission from Syrian authorities to hold a banquet while it failed to receive green-light for the return of displaced families to the camp?”

The banquet was held in Haifa Street in Yarmouk. Families taking shelter in the area along with PLO officials were in attendance.

Addressing the residents, Palestine Ambassador Anwar Abdul Hadi said the event bodes well and is a promising sign that families will gain access to their homes soon.

“We will combine forces with the Syrian government to boost reconstruction and smooth the families’ return”, he added.

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. 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 80% 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 : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8666