Day three of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) offensive at Al-Yarmouk Camp began with the latter taking control of the Yarmouk School Street after fierce clashes with Hamas affiliated “Aknef Beit Al-Maqdis” fighters on early Friday morning.
Directly following their control of the Al-Yarmouk Boys School, ISIS captured the Shaker Stadium and Libya Street, killing over a dozen Aknef Al-Maqdis fighters before they seized the area.
As a result of ISIS’ capture of the Shaker Stadium, a large wave of their combatants entered the complex and entrenched themselves near the rooftop and around the stadium’s vicinity; it is believed that this will be ISIS’ headquarters in the Al-Yarmouk Camp.
For Aknef Al-Maqdis; it was not a good day at Al-Yarmouk Camp, as the pressure to maintain their positions in the district became extremely difficult.
The fighters from Aknef Al-Maqdis were unable to hold their ground in the eastern part of Yarmouk Camp, as ISIS militants swarmed their positions; this forced over two dozen of their fighters to head towards a Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) checkpoint and surrender themselves in order to rejoin the fight against ISIS.
The PFLP-GC and Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) launched another successful offensive near 30th Street that resulted in their recapture of Palestine Street and their eventual control of the Al-Yarmouk Roundabout.
During their offensive in the camp, the PFLP-GC discovered a large tunnel that was used ISIS to infiltrate into a number of areas in Yarmouk, including 30th Street, 15th Street, and the Palestine Mosque neighborhood.