Fighting continues between Syrian troops and Islamic State in Damascus

Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus Syria on Saturday

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) expresseD its deep recognition and gratitude for the extraordinary contribution of $50 million announced by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the recent Arab League Summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Photo taken on April 29, 2018 shows smoke rising from the Islamic State militant's positions in the Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood, south of Damascus, Syria.

"Things have become unimaginably brutal for the civilians there", he said.

It also called for immediate opening of a safe passage for civilians wishing to leave the camp and neighbouring areas and to evacuate the sick, wounded and elderly people from the camp.

Gunness further said that armed groups and government forces should respect "international law ... at all times".

Before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Yarmouk was home to around 160,000 Palestinian refugees - people who had been displaced from their homes in modern-day Israel during the 1948 war, and their descendants.

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Earlier, SANA's reporter said that army units continued their operations against terrorist groups in al-Hajar al-Aswad and advanced on several directions in al-Qadam neighborhood, taking control of a number of buildings.

In a commentary written Thursday, longtime Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh observed, "The war crimes committed against the Palestinians in Yarmouk camp have so far failed to prompt an ounce of outrage" from the global community. Opposition sources, cited by Reuters, claimed that the army was engaged in fighting with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Yarmouk camp, where up to 2,000 militants are encircled.

"The movement appeals to all parties not to involve the Palestinian people in the refugee camps in Syria in any of the events taking place there" said Abdel Latif Al-Qanoua, a Hamas spokesman.

"The silence of the worldwide community to the war crimes being committed against defenseless Palestinians in a refugee camp in Syria is an insult", Abu Toameh wrote.

Residents of that camp have endured frequent clashes, a lack of basic humanitarian services and periodic water cuts, some lasting for up to 1,475 days, according to the Action Group.

Seven children are reportedly among the dead.

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