Syrian army, Palestinian volunteers advancing towards camp near Damascus
On Wednesday, the Syrian soldiers were engaged in heavy battles against the militants near the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.
Palestinian volunteers were also helping the Syrian army regain control of the camp, which is a key point for both the soldiers and the militants.
Juma’a Abdullah, an official of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is battling for the camp, said the camp had been occupied by “thieves.”
“As you know armed groups entered Yarmouk eight months ago and displace over 200,000 people as part of the plan to enter Damascus. It turned out that they are thieves and they looted the camp. We tried to get them out using peaceful means and now we have no other means but to forcefully liberate our camp and we won’t retreat.”
The Press TV correspondent witnessed the liberation of a post previously controlled by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front.
“We are in Palestine street heading towards Yarmouk street. This building we are in is one of seven buildings we took control after pushing militants back,” said a Palestinian volunteer minutes after capturing the post.
“They have fortified their posts but we will get to them,” he added.
Some of the militants have adopted a scorched earth policy and burn their houses as they retreat to slow down the advancing military units fighting alongside Palestinian volunteers.
In September, at least 20 people were killed when mortar shells landed in the camp.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the UN, more than 90,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.
Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants.
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