Eid Festivities Sneak into Yarmouk Camp Amid ISIS Crackdown on Children’s Games

Residents find a way to celebrate the Eid holiday despite ISIS banning games and refusing most food from entering the besieged neighborhood

Despite efforts by regime forces and Islamic State militants to halt the entry of food into Yarmouk camp, residents of the besieged suburb south of the capital Damascus were still able to enjoy the celebratory atmosphere of Eid al-Adha.

Armed groups had previously refused the entry of foodstuffs into the suburb’s Al-Rejih Square, which is besieged by Palestinian militias and Assad forces from one side and Islamic State forces from another side.

Zaman al-Wasl’s reporter confirmed that ISIS prohibits the entry of food products, except in small amounts, to the areas under the control of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Nusra Front) where dozens of civilians and families of the front are living.

ISIS has also prohibited swings and children’s games from being set up near its headquarters in Hajar al-Aswad, as well as various parts of Yarmouk camp and the Tadamoun neighborhood, according to our reporter.

Zaman al-Wasl’s reporter stated that the Owroba checkpoint separating the areas under ISIS control from those of the revolutionary factions, “witnessed a lot of movement of families and children heading from areas under Islamic State control to three towns Babbila, Beit Sahm and Yalda,” controlled by the revolutionary factions because of the restrictions around celebrating Eid al-Adha.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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