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Radical groups infiltrate Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus

English.news.cn   2014-03-04 01:12:34

DAMASCUS, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Rebels from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front have stormed a main camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus, hindering a truce concluded lately, local media reports said Monday.

The Nusra fighters stormed the Yarmouk camp and entrenched there, just days after a truce went into effect there, under which the Nusra had withdrawn from the war-ravaged camp.

It wasn't clear what caused the Nusra fighters to return to the camp, but the al-Qaida-linked group accused the government troops of breaching the truce in a statement.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General-Command Anwar Rajja said that "the armed terrorist groups of al-Nusra have snuck back to the intersection of the '30 Street' and occupied positions there."

He said the group infiltrated the camp at dawn Monday, erecting roadblocks and fanning our in large numbers inside the camp.

Khaled Abdul-Majid, a Palestinian politician and militia leader, warned that the response for the Nusra infiltration could be militarily if the radical rebels don't withdraw from the camp.

Many Damascus-based Palestinian factions held an emergency meeting in Damascus on Monday and urged the armed militant groups inside the camp to abide by the agreed-upon truce.

Numerous endeavors to neutralize the camp have been rendered flat as a result of lack of understanding and the conflict of purposes among the various rebel groups inside the camp.

The Palestinian factions, with the help of the Damascus-based Palestinian Red Crescent, have recently managed to evacuate about 3,000 people from the camp and delivered many batches of aid rations to those still trapped there.

Syrian government forces have imposed a siege on Yarmouk for months, blocking the entry of food and medical supplies in a bid to drive out the rebels, who stormed the camp earlier last year and have since entrenched there in hopes of using it as a platform for attacks on Damascus.

Editor: yan
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