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Daesh fighters, civilians evacuated from Yarmouk camp

May 22, 2018 at 9:53 am

Smoke rises from air strikes carried out by the Assad regime in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria where Palestinian refugees take shelter on 24 April 2018 [Rami Alsayed/Anadolu Agency]

Daesh fighters and civilians began evacuating the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital yesterday.

The move comes a part of an agreement reached between the group and the Syrian regime.

Local sources told the Anadolu Agency that two convoys arrived in the camp yesterday; the first included seven buses which transferred Daesh fighters to areas under the group’s control in the Syrian desert, while the second comprised nine buses which transferred civilians towards the governorate of Idlib.

The evacuation process is expected to continue in the area where some 600 Daesh fighters and a similar number of civilians remain following the regime’s military operations and aerial bombardment of the area.

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The Syrian regime began in mid-April an intensive attack against the Yarmouk refugee camp, killing scores of people and injuring many more. The campaign left many thousands displaced in an area which has been under siege for most of the seven-year-old civil war.

The Yarmouk refugee camp is the last area that is not under Syrian regime control near Damascus.