Bombing started Wednesday at around 5 p.m. and continued until 10 p.m. There was a two-hour cease-fire; then it started up again and continued until dawn. As well as the bombings, “chabbihas” (pro-regime militia) attacked the camp from the ground. Apparently they even stabbed people in their own homes.
Rescue workers have since made calls for blood donations. The wounded have been transported to the four small healthcare centres in the camp. One of them is a hundred metres from my home. I went there Wednesday evening. I saw a lot of young people who appeared to have knife wounds.
Smoke rising from Yarmouk camp.
“A lot of people are trying to leave, but entrances are guarded by security forces”
People living in the camp are in shock. We weren’t expecting such a sudden wave of violence. A lot of people are trying to leave, but the entrances are guarded by security forces.
They attacked because of the increasing number of opposition members living in the Hajar Al Aswad district. There were even anti-regime demonstrations here last week. I have learnt that deserters from the Liberation Army have also come to take refuge here [the Liberation Army is composed of Palestinians living in Syria, and is controlled by the government].
My family and I have decided to stay here because it is too dangerous to leave. But we’ve taken precautions: the bomb shelters have been cleaned, so if the situation gets worse, that’s where we’ll go [the Yarmouk camp’s Facebook page has a list of shelters
set up for refugee families].