World Bulletin / News Desk
Palestinian resistance group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, called on rebel fighters to leave the Yarmouk refugee camp in eastern Damascus on Wednesday.
"We call on all militants in the camp to leave to allow for the rescue of thousands of civilians inside," Hamas declared in a statement posted on its website.
The camp has been under siege by the Syrian army for more than 170 days, which has brought it close to total ruin.
Thousands of Palestinian refugees inside the camp continued to suffer from an extreme lack of essential items, including food and medicine.
International humanitarian organizations have been unable to deliver aid to camp residents since last September.
Hamas has called for lifting the siege on the camp and opening the doors to urgently-needed humanitarian assistance.
The group said the suffering of the besieged refugees was beyond the ability of anybody to tolerate, warning of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.
It lamented that more than 50 people had starved to death in the camp.
"We stress the need to keep Palestinian refugees out of the conflict in Syria," Hamas said.
It called on international organizations to shoulder their responsibilities vis-à-vis the refugees inside the camp and help save their lives.
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A fire broke out at France's public radio headquarters in Paris, forcing live programmes off the air as staff evacuated the vast Paris complex where major building work has been underway
Rula Ghani, spouse of Afghanistan's new president Ashraf Ghani, have already critised some Islamic norms welcomed by Afghan society.
At least 300 ISIL militants were killed and scores of vehicles captured in clashes
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Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Friday to press President Blaise Compaore to step down, a day after the army dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government in the face of violent mass protests.
Erekat's statement came during a meeting with foreign officials in the West Bank city of Jericho
Catalan head Artur Mas plans to hold the Nov. 9 ballot, marshalled by volunteers, in place of a non-binding referendum on independence declared illegal by the Constitutional Court.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments show how the threat posed by ISIL has pushed some Shi'ites and Sunnis to overcome their sectarian differences and face a common enemy
The fresh violence comes amid rising tension in the holy city after Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
The absence of the three Muslim leaders means that only the majority Orthodox Christian countries will be represented
Kobani's defenders are hoping the arrival of peshmerga forces from Iraqi Kurdistan with badly-needed weapons including cannon and truck-mounted machine-guns will help them turn the tide.
"The German government will not recognise these illegitimate elections", Merkel's spokesman said, adding that European leaders were united on this issue
HSBC Holdings board member likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves.
Cleric allegedly used Arabic channel based in UK to send messages to militants in Libya fighting against the government
The sailors, held since the pirates hijacked the Panama-flagged ship MT Asphalt Venture in September 2010, were freed on Thursday. Eight of their colleagues were freed in April 2011