(Damascus, SANA/Mohammad Nassr/Manal) ~ Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Ahmad Majdalani said the Palestinians do not want the al-Yarmouk camp to be a battlefield among the terrorists groups.
In statements following his meeting with State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Dr. Ali Haidar in Damascus on Wednesday, Majdalani said the ISIS views al-Yarmouk Camp as a springboard for launching attacks and broadening the scope of areas under their control in southern Damascus.
He said the latest developments in the camp are linked to the regional ones.
The PLO official added that he and minister Haidar discussed the role of the Syrian state in preserving security and protecting civilians: Syrians or Palestinians.
“The Palestinian leadership and the PLO will support any decision taken by the Syrian government regarding al-Yarmouk Camp,” he said, indicating that in light of the current situation the chance to reach a political solution in the camp is “very unlikely.”
Majdalani said an inter-Palestinian consensus inside the camp is badly needed as a means to end the presence of ISIS.
For his part, Minister Haidar said that neither the Syrian state nor the Palestinian leadership is administrating the camp. But, he said, “certain sides are trying to change the geopolitical situation in the camp to make it Damascus’ soft belly.”
He stressed that the priority for the Syrian leadership is to force terrorists, particularly ISIS, to flee the camp.
Answering a question on whether Majdalani had requested the Syrian army to enter the camp, Haidar said Majdalani stated clearly that the issue is on a Syrian land and that they are cooperating with the Syrian state in every decision it makes, and when the Syrian state decides that the army will enter the camp, then the Palestinian authority will support it.
On the humanitarian situation inside the camp, Minister Haidar said the Syrian state is cooperating with the international humanitarian aid organizations, adding that the Syrian state is providing about 80% of the humanitarian aid, with the other 20% provided by the international institutions and charities.
He stressed the need for a military solution in the camp, a solution that is not favored by the government but which terror organizations made necessary.
Majdalani, Shammat discuss means to secure evacuation of Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp
In this regard, Social Affairs Minister Kinda al-Shammat discussed with Majdalani means to secure the evacuation of Palestinians from Yarmouk Camp and offering them relief aid.
In a press statement following the meeting, Majdalani said it is very important to secure the exit of Palestinians, who have the desire for, from Yarmouk camp, in reference to the aggressions of the terrorist organizations, on top, the ISIS in the camp who seek to shift it to a battlefield and add a new catastrophe to the history of the Palestinians.
For her part, Minister al-Shammat said delivering the relief aid to the camp has stooped due to the aggressions of ISIS.
She added that a new medical point will be established at the entrance of the camp to help relief the wounded in the camp.
In a relevant context, Majdalani visited Zainab al-Hilalyia school in al-Tadamoun where Palestinians, who fled the crimes of the terrorist organizations, are residing.
“There is continuous coordination with the Syrian government to deliver the humanitarian aid to the camp, but the current conditions are difficult due to the clashes there,” Majdalani said.
Syria set to offer Palestinians firepower
(PressTV) ~ Syria says it is ready to offer Palestinians its firepower to support their battle with the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group, which has besieged a Palestinian refugee camp near the capital Damascus.
ISIL, which currently controls parts of Iraq and Syria, launched an attack on the Yarmouk refugee camp in southwestern Syria on April 1. The United Nations has said nearly 18,000 civilians, including a large number of children, are caught in the camp.
On Tuesday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad met with a delegation from the umbrella group of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) headed by Ahmad Majdalani.
A man stands on a staircase inside a demolished building in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 6, 2015. (AFP photo)
“Syrian authorities are ready to support the Palestinian fighters in a number of ways, including militarily, to push ISIL out of the camp,” said PLO official Anwar Abdul Hadi, who was at the meeting.
Mekdad said the “Syrian government had used all its efforts to present humanitarian and medical aid to Palestinian refugees and that it had helped them exit Yarmouk safely.”
“Syria and the PLO are determined to fight terrorism, which has reached Palestinian camps in Syria, notably Yarmouk,” he noted.
The UN on Monday spoke out against “grave crimes” committed by the ISIL against Palestinians in Yarmouk, with Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar saying that the UN Security Council had emphasized “the need that such crimes do not go unpunished.”
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