Some civilians evacuated from Syria's Yarmouk: United Nations

April 5, 2015 11:15 AM

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Some civilians were evacuated from a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts, the United Nations said on Sunday, fleeing an advance by Islamic State and more that two years of government siege that has led to starvation and disease.

Islamic State has taken most of Yarmouk camp from rival insurgents while the army surrounds the district, only a few kilometres from President Bashar al-Assad's palace.

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