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Syrian army controls 65% of Yarmouk Refugee Camp, say Russians

Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria in 2014 [Laila Ben Allal/Middle East Monitor]
Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria in 2014 [Laila Ben Allal/Middle East Monitor]

The Ministry of Defence in Moscow has announced that the Syrian army controls two-thirds of the Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp, Arabic.rt.com reported on Friday. The area has been “liberated from terrorist groups” said the ministry, which also accused the US of blocking humanitarian aid to the camp.

“This area was a stronghold for Daesh terrorists during the past six years,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a press conference. “They arrived in the area after they were beaten in different places across Syria.” Government forces, he added, now control 65 per cent of the area, even as operations continue to push Daesh out completely.

Konashenkov stressed that, once complete, the ongoing operation would see all of the suburbs around Damascus liberated from terrorists and in the hands of the Assad regime forces.

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