Hundreds of Palestinian refugees have fled a camp in Syria as it comes under bombardment by government forces and battles with Isis militants rage.
The so-called Islamic State took control of much of the Yarmouk refugee camp with the help of fellow Islamists last week, making it a target for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The thousands of Palestinians living there have already been trapped for more than two years by intense fighting in the Syrian civil war and the camp has been shelled numerous times since 2011.
“Men, women and children – Syrians and Palestinians alike – are cowering in their battered homes in profound fear, desperate for security, food and water, deeply concerned by the grave perils that may yet come, as hostilities continue,” a UNRWA spokesperson said. “The situation is extremely dire and threatens to deteriorate even further.”