In contrast to the garbage coming out of MSM reports on Yarmouk, and from war-mongering front groups like Avaaz (see James Boswell’s Mar 2015 article on Avaaz at his website Wall of Controversy), HRW, Amnesty (garbage which as Tim Anderson pointed out “phoney humanitarians” endorse, noting, “Fake concern for refugees, while you back war which spawns millions of refugees.”)…here are a number of links and updates on the situation in the Yarmouk neighbourhood of Damascus, with a critical overview by Sharmine Narwani at the end.
“Refugees evacuated by the Syrian Arab Army from takfiri-besieged Yarmouk, a Palestinian suburb of south Damascus, under the supervision of Syrian Minister for Social Welfare, Ms Kinda al Shammat.” –Tim Anderson. Photos from Syria 24 English FB page
“I don’t hear a peep out of DC about the Gaza siege, for instance. The Syrian government has every right to blockade the border areas between Yarmouk and Damascus to prevent extremist gunmen from entering the capital. I have been in Yarmouk several times, including last year, and have talked to aid workers inside the camp, including UNRWA. The Syrian government, in their view, assists in getting aid and food to refugee populations inside the camp – contrary to western narratives and those activists who report for groups like the Electronic Intifada – most of whom who have not set foot in Yarmouk since the early days of the conflict.”
“Yarmouk has been infiltrated several times by the NATO-GCC-backed Islamists, and each time the Syrian Arab Army has had to dig them out. Now SAA-backed Palestinian militia do most of that work, on this occasion against ISIS helped by Jabhat al Nusra.
It is certainly the case that some sectarian Palestinians helped al Nusra into Yarmouk, in the past, but it is just absurd war propaganda (identical to that of the NATO-Islamists and the US State Department) to suggest that the Syrian Government would ‘punish’ tens of thousands of Palestinians for this. Syria has hosted these refugees for decades.”
Complete Battle Update from Yarmouk Camp; 1,600 Civilians Escorted to Safety, Apr 7, 2015, Al Masdar News
“…With the firefights engulfing 30th Street, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) – in coordination with the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) and Fatah Al-Intifada – attacked the ISIS militants on Libya Street, recapturing the territory lost to the enemy combatants on Sunday night.
The Palestinian resistance forces are now in control of 40 percent of the Al-Yarmouk and Falasteen Camp Districts, along with the majority of Al-Tadamon – the firefights at the latter district involves the Islamist forces not loyal to ISIS.