· Three thousand five hundred minors trapped in a Palestinian camp by the Islamic State ·
Damascus, 8. The news is increasingly dire, although it is difficult to verify the facts. Reports are coming from just outside of Damascus that a massacre is underway by the Islamic State (IS) in Yarmuk, which has been a Palestinian refugee camp for years.
The Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that, according to Arab-Muslim Israeli politician Ahmed Tibi, more than a thousands refugees have been killed since IS began the attack.
Meanwhile, UNICEF (the UN agency for children) has estimated that at least 3,500 children are trapped in Yarmuk. Fears are spreading at a second “Srebrenica” is taking place. Srebrenica was the Bosnian Muslim theater which in July 1995 was the site of the massacre of more than 8,000 people at the hands of Bosnian Serb militants.
Thus far, the UN Security Council's request for immediate access to Yarmuk – where 16,000 people are trapped – has gone unheard. According to Anwar Abdel Hadi, Director of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Syria, 2,000 people have escaped over the past few days and are in areas controlled by the Government of Damascus. Those who have fled tells stories of desperation and fear. There is no water, food or electricity in Yarmuk and the IS milita, who now controls 90% of the area, is carrying out systematic massacres of civilians.
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