UK Concerned over Situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp

LONDON, April 8, 2015 (WAFA) – The United Kingdom said, in a statement published on Wednesday, it was deeply concerned by the situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, calling upon all involved to protect civilians.

“UK is deeply concerned by the terrible situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria where intense fighting is continuing between various armed groups, including ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusrah,” a spokesperson from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the grave crimes committed by ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusrah against civilians in the camp, and call on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians, ensure humanitarian access to the area, and allow the safe passage and evacuation of civilians.”

About 18,000 civilians, including 3,500 children, are currently living under siege for nearly two years in al-Yarmouk, almost with little or no access to humanitarian assistance.

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