Military operation

DAMASCUS – Syria says a military operation is needed to expel jihadists who have overrun large parts of a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus, trapping thousands of civilians inside.

The Islamic State group’s advances in the Yarmuk camp have sparked international concern for the civilians, who have already endured repeated bombardment and an army siege of more than 18 months.

The European Union announced additional aid for residents of the camp, saying their suffering was reaching “intolerable levels” and the UN Security Council urged a humanitarian corridor into the district.

Syria’s Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar on Wednesday said the crisis required a military operation.

“The priority now is to expel and defeat militants and terrorists in the camp,” he said, after meeting Palestine Liberation Organisation official Ahmed Majdalani, who arrived on Tuesday from Ramallah.

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