Palestinian men who fled Yarmouk sit on a bench inside a school in Damascus. AFP PHOTO / YOUSSEF KARWASHAN
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After enduring two years of famine and fighting, Ibrahim Abdel-Fatah said he saw heads cut off by ISIS jihadis in the Palestinian neighborhood of Yarmouk in Damascus.The school is currently home to 98 displaced people, among them 40 children, who have been put up in three classrooms.Anwar Abdel-Hadi, a Palestine Liberation Organization official in Damascus, said 500 families, or about 2,500 people, fled Yarmouk before ISIS fighters attacked the camp last Wednesday.Before the assault, there were around 18,000 people in Yarmouk in a southern neighborhood of the Syrian capital. Yarmouk was once a thriving district housing 160,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians. The camp has been encircled for more than a year, but is now reported to be almost completely under the control of ISIS and Al-Qaeda's local affiliate, the Nusra Front.
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