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Syria: ISIL militants seize parts of Palestinian camp

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Syria: ISIL militants seize parts of Palestinian camp


ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of large parts of a Palestinian camp in the Syrian capital.

Video uploaded to the internet purportedly shows smoke rising from a neighbourhood of Yarmouk in southern Damascus.

ISIL is said to be in control of some of the main streets of the camp, which currently houses up to 18-thousand people.

Fierce clashes were continuing, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Yarmouk has been caught between government forces and Syrian insurgent groups, including ISIL rivals such as al Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

It was once a thriving neighbourhood, home to 160-thousand Palestinian refugees and Syrians. But the fighting in recent years has forced many to flee.

Those who remain have been facing significant shortages of food, water and medicine.

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