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PLO says it won't be drawn into battle to oust IS from embattled Palestinian camp in Syria

  • Palestinian refugees, including some who fled from Yarmouk camp in Damascus, chant slogans to show their solidarity with thousands of besieged Palestinians in Yarmouk which was overrun by Islamic State militants last week, during a demonstration in the Ein el-Hilweh camp near the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon, Lebanon, Friday, April 10, 2015. The Palestine Liberation Organization says it won’t be drawn into military action against the Islamic State group in Yarmouk. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    Palestinian refugees, including some who fled from Yarmouk camp in Damascus, chant slogans to show their solidarity with thousands of besieged Palestinians in Yarmouk which was overrun by Islamic State militants last week, during a demonstration in the Ein el-Hilweh camp near the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon, Lebanon, Friday, April 10, 2015. The Palestine Liberation Organization says it won’t be drawn into military action against the Islamic State group in Yarmouk. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian refugees, including some who fled from Yarmouk camp in Damascus, hold Palestinian flags and an Arabic placard that reads "be strong Yarmouk," to show their solidarity with thousands of besieged Palestinians in Yarmouk which was overrun by Islamic State militants last week, during a demonstration in the Ein el-Hilweh camp near the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon, Lebanon, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    Palestinian refugees, including some who fled from Yarmouk camp in Damascus, hold Palestinian flags and an Arabic placard that reads "be strong Yarmouk," to show their solidarity with thousands of besieged Palestinians in Yarmouk which was overrun by Islamic State militants last week, during a demonstration in the Ein el-Hilweh camp near the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon, Lebanon, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian refugees, including some who fled from Yarmouk camp in Damascus, chant slogans as they hold an Arabic placard that reads "Yarmouk camp, steadfast camp, we do not want aid, we need you to stop the barrel bombs," to show their solidarity with thousands of besieged Palestinians in Yarmouk which was overrun by Islamic State militants last week, during a demonstration in the Ein el-Hilweh camp near the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon, Lebanon, Friday, April 10, 2015. The Palestine Liberation Organization says it won’t be drawn into military action against the Islamic State group in Yarmouk. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    Palestinian refugees, including some who fled from Yarmouk camp in Damascus, chant slogans as they hold an Arabic placard that reads "Yarmouk camp, steadfast camp, we do not want aid, we need you to stop the barrel bombs," to show their solidarity with thousands of besieged Palestinians in Yarmouk which was overrun by Islamic State militants last week, during a demonstration in the Ein el-Hilweh camp near the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon, Lebanon, Friday, April 10, 2015. The Palestine Liberation Organization says it won’t be drawn into military action against the Islamic State group in Yarmouk. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

The Palestine Liberation Organization says it won't be drawn into military action in an embattled Palestinian refugee camp in Syria that has been overrun by Islamic State extremists.

The statement late Thursday contradicted assertions made earlier in the day by a PLO emissary to Damascus, Ahmad Majdalani. He said that Palestinian groups are ready to join forces with the Syrian government to expel IS fighters from the camp.

The PLO called for non-military means to "spare the blood of our people" and said that "we refuse to be drawn into any armed campaign."

IS seized much of the Yarmouk camp on the edge of Damascus last week, establishing a foothold in the Syrian capital for the first time. About 18,000 people are left in Yarmouk, following a two-year government siege.