PLO backs Assad campaign to regain control of besieged refugee camp

A Palestinian official said on Thursday he supported a Syrian army offensive to regain control of the war-battered Yarmouk camp on the outskirts of Damascus that has fallen into the hands of Islamic State.

The radical Islamist group, which rules swathes of Syria and Iraq, seized almost all of Yarmouk in recent days, brushing aside local militia opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“They have tried to used the camp as a launching pad to expand their scope of clashes and their terror activities inside and outside the camp,” said Ahmad Majdalani, a minister in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority who was sent to Damascus by the PLO leadership to discuss the crisis with the government.

  • no4

    Let’s just hope that both sides receive heavy losses.

    • David Murrell

      It’s difficult to root for any side, eh? These battles — in Syria and in Yemen — must mortify the left. Since both sides (or three sides?) hate Israel and hate Jews — and since everybody fighting is inherently anti-democratic and who undertakes massive war crimes — the left sees both sides as morally just. The left can’t root for either side, since they sympathize with both sides. The left, in this sense, can’t stand seeing “good” people killing each other.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        Define the left. Define the right. The right and left have differing opinions on what to do on foreign policy. You talk to the Libertarian party and they are non-interventionist. You talk to the Canadian Action party they are anti-imperialist and non-interventionist. The fact is so many parties from left to right are different. You, when you say, left or right you mean mainstream left/centre/right. That is the truth since no one person knows what each party of the 10 to 12 minor parties actually believes. The fact is the US and the West want more wars since it is good for business. The best way to know why these problems are occurring is to find out which nations gave money to these groups. The media never asks these questions. They are deeply in the pockets of the major parties which are oligarchic and hate independence in the media. So ya we will be pitted against one another for votes and we are subdivided into groups. Which is why the smart individuals have left the mainstream to seek out better alternatives.

        • Minicapt

          Aha, I wondered why you continue to hang around here. You’re looking for another troll with whom you can feel less inferior.


    • Billy Bob Thornton

      Anyone that wishes bad ills upon someone is a Satanist and is anti-religious.

      • Surele Surele

        as opposed to what? good ills?

      • no4

        I havn’t got much time for satan, he always hogs the remote.But me and the grim reaper are best buddies. Out of interest, which middle eastern fairy tale do you adhere to?

    • Surele Surele

      Perfect. It would be a loose loose scenario.

  • The Goat

    Why aren’t these “Palestinian” refugees full Syrian citizens? Sound like Apartheid to me.

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    • no4

      The “refugee camp” is in fact a suburb of Damascus, and the “refugees” are Palestinian immigrants who have lived there for generations.
      ISIS invade south Damascus shit hole doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    So why, when the fighting began affecting the camp at least two years ago, didn’t the PLO offer asylum and resettlement in the West Bank to its residents, especially if they want to maintain an unassailable demographic majority?

    • Surele Surele

      well, the juice of course.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Rain molten nuclear rabies infected nerve gas death down on all of them.