Refugees in Syria short of food and medicine amid shelling

Erika Holt
April 21, 2018

"The UN expects further displacements in the near future to northern Syria from other locations controlled by non-state armed groups where negotiations reportedly are happening", the world body said in a humanitarian note.

A similar arrangement to have Islamic State militants evacuate their pocket inside the capital appeared to collapse on Thursday.

ISIS now holds positions in the Yarmouk camp - Syria's biggest camp for Palestinian refugees - and the al-Hajar al-Aswad district south of Damascus.

According to Damascus based Al-Watan Arabic language daily, "The two-day window is an attempt to avoid a military assault".

Local opposition activist Sami Dreid, in the nearby Yalda neighborhood, said the militants were expected to relocate to IS-held territory in the east Syrian desert. He said it was not clear why the deal appeared to have fallen through.

The spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry says Syrian troops found chlorine of German origin in the Eastern Ghouta region, which includes a town where a suspected chemical weapons attack prompted retaliatory missile strikes by the West on Syrian government targets. The government denies that.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons in the assault on Douma.

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An OPCW fact-finding mission was supposed to deploy in Douma on Saturday to commence investigations into this month's suspected chemical weapons attack on the town.

However, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that "Syrian government troops, in freeing the territory of Eastern Ghouta, found containers with chlorine, the most bad kind of chemical weapon, from Germany".

French International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated on Friday that Russian Federation is obstructing the entry of worldwide chemical weapons inspectors to the location of a suspected poison gasoline assault within the Syrian city of Douma. It says the militants posed a threat to Iraq, without providing further details.

Idlib is a rebel-held territory at the border with Turkey.

Meanwhile, official SANA news agency reports on Thursday that evacuation of "Jaish al-Islam" terrorists and their families from al-Dmair town in the countryside of Damascus has begun after handing over their heavy and medium weapons as part of the agreement reached with the government.

1000's of civilians, together with the fighters' households, are anticipated to go away with them for northern Syria earlier than the areas come again underneath Assad's rule underneath offers just like others carried out throughout the nation as authorities forces advance.

Overall, 5,000 people, 1,500 of whom have families, are leaving Dumayr in five buses bound for Jarabulus in northern Syria, the country's state TV said.

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