Syria's humanitarian crisis deepened Tuesday, as the Islamic State group captured the whole of a huge Palestinian refugee camp just five kilometers from the president's palace in Damascus.
According to British newspaper The Independent, the deadly militants joined forces with former enemy al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra to invade the Yarmouk camp, where more than 18,000 Palestinian civilians, including children, are besieged.
It has been reported that groups of the camp's inhabitants have been executed by the insurgents, while the refugees are also being attacked from above by Syrian pro-government forces.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that forces loyal to President Bashar Assad dropped five barrel bombs on the camp Monday, adding to the 25 in the last three days. There is not yet information on the casualties.
However, the humanitarian group's director, Rami Abdurrahman, told The Independent that some 2,000 refugees have managed to escape.
It was also Abdurrahman who claimed that men between the ages of 25 and 35 were beheaded by the Islamic State group, although this has not been confirmed.
The spokesperson for the U.N. refugee agency, Chris Gunness, told news outlets that the U.N. agency has not been able to get basic goods into the refugee camp since the fighting was renewed last week.
"That means that there is no food, there is no water and there is very little medicine … The situation in the camp is beyond inhumane,” Gunness said. “People are holed up in their houses, there is fighting going on in the streets. There are reports of ... bombardments. This has to stop and civilians must be evacuated.”