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Yarmouk tragedy is proof of a 'clear failure of Palestinian leadership'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week that Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus was the "deepest circle of hell". Regime forces, Islamic State group militants and other rival opposition factions have been fighting viciously in the camp, where thousands of civilians are trapped.

Mouin Rabbani is a Palestinian specialist who also briefly served on the staff of the UN Special Envoy to Syria. Rabbani is very vocal about what he sees as the Palestinian leaders' responsibility in the Yarmouk tragedy. "We see Palestinians essentially falling on both sides of the Syrian divide", he explains. "I think what points to a clear failure of Palestinian leadership is the inability of the Palestinians to act as a unified force".

Rabbani also criticises UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura's approach to trying to resolve the Syrian conflict, saying it is too narrow.

By Douglas HERBERT

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2018-06-20 Marc PERELMAN

NATO chief hails strength of transatlantic bond on defence

In an interview with FRANCE 24, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg talked of the upcoming July NATO summit in Brussels, saying he believed it would be less divisive than the...

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2018-06-19 Marc PERELMAN

'There are two policies towards Russia in the Trump administration'

Michael McFaul served as US ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama from 2012 to 2014. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he discussed the divisions within the Trump administration...

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2018-06-18 Americas

'Changing FARC peace deal would be a huge historical error for Colombia'

Humberto de la Calle was head of the Colombian government's negotiating team that reached the 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he discussed his...

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2018-06-15 Sport

Nigeria coach: 'We've managed to build a team that works well together'

As World Cup action continues in Russia, we speak to a globetrotter of international football. Gernot Rohr is a former player for Bayern Munich and Girondins de Bordeaux, plus a...

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2018-06-11 Asia-pacific

'With N. Korea, everything is perfectly sound and rational'

North Korea experts Dorian Malovic and Juliette Morillot have co-written a book in French called "The World According to Kim Jong-un". They have both been to North Korea many...

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