Syrian rebels took control of a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus today, with most of the pro-government fighters retreating to the center of the capital. The camp, called Yarmouk, is home to descendants of the wars between Israel and its neighbors. The camp actually has some of the nicest living conditions, and many professionals live there, like doctors and bankers.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) operates 20 elementary schools and eight preparatory schools in the camp. About 112,000 refugees currently live in the 0.81 square mile camp.
"All of the camp is under the control of the (rebel) Free Syrian Army," said a Palestinian activist in Yarmouk. He said clashes had stopped and the remaining PFLP fighters retreated to join Assad's forces massed on the northern edge of the camp.