Boys ride their bicycles past a destroyed tank and buildings in Yarmouk camp.
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Former residents of the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk are desperately counting on assistance from abroad to help raise the once-bustling neighborhood back out of the rubble.In May this year, Syrian government and allied forces retook the neighborhood, which had for years been the Daesh's (ISIS) only bastion in the capital.Founded in 1957 with tents for Palestinians forced to leave their homes by the establishment of Israel, Yarmouk grew into a sprawling neighborhood of permanent structures that became home to 160,000 Palestinians, as well as Syrians.Despite all this, dozens of families including Amina's remained inside the camp, and others have since trickled back in.The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, says its 23 premises in the camp including 16 schools are damaged, but it will not fix any if the government does not officially allow residents to return.Individual Palestinians and Syrians own property in 80 percent of the Yarmouk camp, while the remainder is owned by the Syrian state and managed by its authority for Palestinian affairs.
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