[Marxism] ISIS overrunning Yarmouk
mkaradjis at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 19:20:24 MDT 2015
Seems the spark for ISIS invasion of the camp was an arrest by Hamas
(whose fighters in the camp are part of the pro-revolution Palestinian
leadership there) of some ISIS fighters who they accuse of assassinating
a prominent Hamas activist Abu Suheiba few days ago:
According to that article, Nusra aided ISIS's raid, but according to
other sources they may have been defectors from Nusra. Nusra itself has
been acting oppressively in the camp, but why they would call in ISIS,
who they fight every other day, is unclear.
Hamas and other Palestinian/Syrian revolution forces have furiously
fought back against ISIS while the regime "helps" out by bombing the
camp (like every other day). Interesting comment below by Palestinian
writer Talal Alyan:
from Talal Alyan:
ISIS isn't in control of Yarmouk. Their offensive began this morning,
rumored to be in coordination with Nusra or aided by defectors from
Nusra (which controls some sixty percent of camp). ISIS made
considerable gains then were strongly pushed back by Aknaf Bait al
Maqdis, unofficially Hamas, who they have been clashing with all day.
Regime chimes in by shelling the camp, including hospital, and killing
the brilliant oppositional activist Jamal Khalifeh. ISIS has been in
Hajar Aswad, right next to Yarmouk, for over a year. Last March, if you
recall, they also entered Yarmouk, took pictures with their flag, and
had everyone also proclaiming that they took over camp.
1. Akhnaf is not "the peoples militia". They are widely resented and
disconnected from residents. They have been asked many times by
residents to intervene in Jabhat al Nusra transgressions but haven't.
2. Jabhat al Nusra has already been assassinating people and imposing
its shitty fundamentalism for a while. So if thats why you're now
concerned about Yarmouk, you've had plenty reason to also be for the
3. There are over 2770 documented Palestinians dead from Syria. The
overwhelming majority from the regime. I'm happy to discuss and call out
the ugly elements of opposition that have run through the camp but NEVER
removed from the context, NEVER amputated from the inarguable fact that
Assad and his thugs have slaughtered most of the Palestinian causalities
in Syria and that Assad and his thugs have imposed this brutal siege
since December 2012
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I'm afraid this is not an April fools joke. I had just heard this on BBC
which interviewed someone from Yarmouk, which reportedly has been
largely overrun by ISIS. :-(
The point that the BBC host found significant was that this placed ISIS
within a short distance of central Damascus, but unfortunately I don't
think Assad has so much to worry about. The interviewee went on to
question why Assad had actually allowed ISIS to take the territory
around Yarmouk over quite some period -- ditto.
Paradoxically, I wonder if this won't bring some relief to the
starvation in Yarmouk if they are now able to bring in food using ISIS's
supply lines. In exchange for Sharia law and some beheadings.... :-(
Apr. 01, 2015 | 03:16 PM (Last Updated: April 01, 2015 | 03:49 PM)
ISIS seizes most of Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus: PLO
Agence France Presse
DAMASCUS: Militants from ISIS seized control of most of the Yarmouk
Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus Wednesday, a local
official told AFP.
"Fighters from ISIS launched an assault this morning on Yarmouk and they
took over the majority of the camp," said Anwar Abdel Hadi, director of
political affairs for the Palestine Liberation Organization in Damascus.
Fighting was continuing inside the camp, he said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based activist group,
said ISIS was in control of a "large part" of the camp after fighting
Palestinian groups also opposed to President Bashar Assad's regime.
Yarmouk was once a thriving neighborhood home to 160,000 Palestinian
refugees and Syrians but has been caught up in the country's fighting
besieged by regime forces for more than a year.
Only about 18,000 residents are estimated to remain in the camp after
fled the fighting.
Syrian rebels had withdrawn from the camp in February 2014 under a deal
left only Palestinian anti-regime groups inside.
The siege has caused significant shortages of food, water and drugs
ISIS, which has seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, has
not only against the Assad regime but also against other rebel groups as
seeks to expand the territory under its control.
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