UN urges $30 million for Palestinian refugees in Syrian camp taken by Islamic State militants

The U.N. Security Council is calling for $30 million in emergency aid to help Palestinian refugees in the embattled Yarmouk camp in the Syrian capital.

The council called for unhindered humanitarian access and protection of civilians inside the U.N. camp, now mainly controlled by Islamic State militants following heavy fighting this month.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, head of the U.N. agency that supports Palestinians, known as UNRWA, told reporters after briefing the council Monday that several thousand Palestinians remain in Yarmouk and that the humanitarian situation "remains very extreme in terms of circumstances and hardship."

He also called for $30 million for Yarmouk as well as funds for UNRWA, noting that only $77 million of its $415 million appeal has been funded.