Muslim scholars urge to end Yarmouk siege

Muslim scholars calls on the Arab and Muslim world to take action to bring Yermouk Palestinian refugee camp siege to an end in Syrian capital, Damascus.

Muslim scholars urge to end Yarmouk siege

World Bulletin / News Desk

International Unions for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) urges Arab and Muslim world to immediately intervene to break a siege by the Syrian regime forces on the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus.

“The situation in Yarmouk camp is a crime against humanity,” said the statement signed by head of the IUMS Youssef Al-Qaradawi and Secretary General Ali Al-Qaradaghi.

The statement underlined that Syrian President Bashar Assad is responsible for the siege of the camp and starvation of people is not acceptable for anyone with the slightest bit of mercy in their heart.

According to the Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC), around 48 Palestinians starved to death inside the camp besieged by President Bashar al-Assad's forces for 180 days so far.

The group lamented that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) is no longer able to deliver aid to the residents of the camp since last September.

Gaza's kids rally in solidarity with besieged Yarmouk camp in Syria

Scores of children staged a protest in Gaza City on Sunday to draw international attention to the sufferings of thousands of Palestinians in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus.

"This is a message of solidarity with the children of the Yarmouk camp who starve to death and cannot find a crumb of bread to eat," said Ali al-Turki, one of the protesting children.

The protesting students carried banners on which they wrote phrases calling on the international community to offer help to the camp residents, particularly children.

"They are besieged from all sides and bombs keep falling on them from every direction," al-Turki said in a speech on their behalf.

Around 41 Palestinians have reportedly been starved to death inside the camp, which has been besieged by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and loyal militias since September, according to the Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria.

As many as 20,000 Palestinians are reportedly under siege inside the camp, lacking food and medicines.

The Gaza children presented a play dramatizing the suffering of one family in the camp.

In the play a group of children reel under hunger, while their grandmother keeps trying to solace them before they die before her eyes.

"The screams resonating from the Yarmouk camp will haunt Arabs and Muslims," al-Turki said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ocak 2014, 10:09