Syria war: Government forces continue Yarmouk bombardment

Syria war: Government forces continue Yarmouk bombardment

Syrian government air strikes continued on the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk on Sunday, prompting fresh concerns about the humanitarian situation in the area.

Yarmouk over the past week has seen a dramatic increase in violence, as government forces stepped up efforts against rebels forces said to be hiding in the camp, which is situated near the capital, Damascus. 

Established in 1957 to house displaced Palestinians after the creation of the state of Israel, the camp was once home to roughly 200,000 refugees.

“Yarmouk and its inhabitants have endured indescribable pain and suffering over years of conflict. We are deeply concerned about the fate of thousands of civilians, including Palestine refugees, after more than a week of dramatically increased violence,” Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, said in a statement.

The Syrian government claims the goal of the offen

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