A Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus has entered its eleventh day under siege by pro-Assad forces. A senior member of the Hamas political bureau, Izzat Al-Risheq, has urged the Syrian government to lift the military blockade on Al-Yarmouk Camp.
"No medical aid, food, flour or oil has been allowed into the camp," said Mr. Al-Risheq on his Facebook page yesterday. "This has exacerbated the suffering of the people during the cold winter weather."
He described the situation in Al-Yarmouk as "disastrous" and confirmed to local media sources that the camp remains under constant bombardment by the Syrian army.
"We call on the regime to put the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian refugees above other concerns, and to allow food, medicine and fuel to be allowed in as a matter of urgency," he added.