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epa04689185 (FILE) A handout file picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 01 April 2015 of Palestinians carrying food supplies in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, Syria, on 30 January 2014. Islamic State (IS) fighters on 01 April 2015 staged their most significant push yet into the Syrian capital, Damascus, when they overran a Palestinian refugee camp on the city’s southern outskirts, activists said. Clashes were under way inside the camp between the hardline jihadists and fighters from the Palestinian faction Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis (Environs of Jerusalem), according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to the UN refugee agency, some 18,000 Palestinians are still living at the camp. EPA/SANA HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES