Palestinian Factions Fight ISIS in Yarmouk

Palestinian militia 'Ajnad Bayt al-Maqdis' and other forces join Syrian regime while attacking ISIS in Yarmouk south of Damascus

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Palestinian armed factions in Syria who are divided into pro and anti-Assad, attacked ISIS in Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus. Palestinian Factions formed a military collaboration with the Syrian government to expel militants of ISIS out of Yarmouk, in the same time anti-regime Palestinian factions also joined the operation, as Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis. ISIS entered Yarmouk camp - which is 8 kilometers away from Damascus - early April after clashes with palestinian factions, the camp witnessed the Syrian forces’ bombardment and siege during the last two years. It is the main refugee camp for refugees who fled from the war in Palestine 1948. 

According to UN more than 16,000 people are still living in the camp, ICRC (international Committee of the Red Cross) called on the warring parties for an immediate unimpeded passage for civilians evacuation under the increasing humanitarian need on a daily basis. Fatah, Palestinian Liberating Movement, is one of the fractions participating in Yarmuok battle against ISIS, as Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah central committee, confirmed Thursday via press release. The Islam Army, an opposition faction, took over al-Hajar al-Aswad district near Yarmouk Camp which is under ISIS control last sunday causing the death of more than eighty of ISIS fighters. The Islam Army includes more than fifty factions fighting around Damascus.

Yarmouk Army, comprises main south Syrian opposition factions, which separated completely from Nusra front that later cooperated with them to fight the regime in different fronts south and north of Syria last month. The separation came in light of the scrimmages between them after capturing Nasib border crossing between Syria and Jordan.

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