Eight people have been killed and dozens buried under rubble in Syria’s second city of Aleppo after an attack by the militant group, Islamic State.
Syrian state television, which broadcast pictures of the devastation, claims ISIL was responsible for the mortar bombardment.
The UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the number of dead is likely to rise.
The attack came after warnings of the result of ISIL action in the Yarmouk refugee camp.
“After more than two years of merciless siege, 18,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians are now being held hostage by Daesh and other extremist militants. Our refugee camp is beginning to resemble a death camp. We are now hearing worrying reports of a massive assault on the camp and on civilians in it,” Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General told reporters.
It’s understood the camp, five kilometres south of Damascus, is now in the control of ISIL and Nusra groups after four days of intense battles with rival jihadist group, Aknaf Beit al-Maqdes.
Unverified images from social network sites apparently showed refugees receiving aid.
It’s believed around 18,000 are housed now in the camp after 2,000 evacuated after the latest round of attacks from ISIL.