The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, called on Wednesday for the siege on the Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Syria to be lifted. It insisted that the militias in and around the camp should leave the area so that relief convoys can enter. Around 50,000 Palestinians have been besieged in the camp for more than six months.
In a press statement, the movement said that all human rights organisations, including the UN and its agencies, the Arab League and the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation, should work to save civilian lives in the refugee camps. The bodies should make sure that essential food and medical supplies are taken into Yarmouk and other refugee camps without delay, said Hamas.
"There is a common duty to save lives," the statement said. "The responsibility lies with Arabs, Muslims and the international community."
Hamas reiterated the necessity to keep Palestinian refugees in Syria neutral in terms of the ongoing conflict. It pointed out that they still look forward to returning to their homeland.