U.N. Security Council demands aid access to Yarmouk camp in Syria
The 15-member council called for ‘the protection of civilians in the camp for ensuring a humanitarian access to the area’
The U.N. Security Council on Monday demanded humanitarian aid access to help thousands of refugees trapped in Syria’s Yarmouk camp after it was partly seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.
The 15-member council called “for the protection of civilians in the camp for ensuring a humanitarian access to the area including by providing life-saving assistance,” said Jordan’s Ambassador Dina Kawar, who chairs the council this month.
ISIS fighters have captured large swaths of the Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus in an offensive launched on April 1 and hundreds of families have been evacuated.
Kawar said the council expressed deep concern over the “grave situation” for the 18,000 refugees in the camp and demanded safe passage for the evacuation of civilians.
The council is ready to consider “further measures to provide necessary assistance,” said Kawar, but she did not provide details.
The council received a report from Pierre Krahenbuhl, of the Palestinian UNRWA relief agency, who described the situation in the camp as “more desperate than ever.”
Krahenbuhl told reporters that he appealed to countries with influence in Syria to act “for civilian lives to be spared and for humanitarian access to be given.”
Militants from ISIS first attacked the camp, just seven kilometers from central Damascus, on Wednesday.