The Palestinians Of Yarmouk To Ynet: We Need International Intervention, Islamic State Is Beheading People

Thousands of Palestinians live in Yarmouk, the descendants of Palestinians who fled Israel upon the establishment of the state in 1948. They are now caught between a rock and a hard place: on the one hand Bashar Assad’s air force is launching barrel bombs in the area in an attempt to eliminate his opponents, and on the other side is fierce fighting between rebel groups – the brutal Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s arm in the country. The PLO reported Sunday that 2,000 people have been evacuated from Yarmouk – but thousands of others refuse to leave.

“What am I at the end of the day? I am a citizen who wants to remain in his home and live with dignity, is that forbidden? My kids want to have the basic things that you have in every home – bread, pita. Imagine what it is to live for three years on only parsley, radish, rice and lentils from boxes.”

“There is no choice but to call on Israel for help; the Israelis are more compassionate than the Arabs,” M says, quoting a joke that had circulated in the desperate refugee camp for years, and recently found new life.

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