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U.N. calls for help for Yarmouk






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The U.N. wants humanitarian access to the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. It is worried about the 18,000 Palestinian refugees in the camp. Many residents escaped after ISIS invaded last Wednesday. Jordan’s Ambassador to the UN called "for the protection of civilians" and for "life-saving assistance". Another UN spokesperson said the situation was "desperate". He said people were most concerned about "bare survival".

Yarmouk was set up in 1957 for Palestinian refugees. It became the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria. About 160,000 people lived there. Eighteen months of bombing and a siege during Syria's civil war already made life there impossible. It now looks like a ghost town, with bombed-out buildings everywhere. ISIS now controls about 90 per cent of the camp. Syria is worried ISIS will use Yarmouk as a base to attack Damascus.

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