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Syrian security forces 'warn Palestinian camp'
Published Thursday 15/03/2012 (updated) 17/03/2012 18:59
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Black smoke is seen from Homs refinery in February. (Reuters/Handout)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Sources in Damascus say Syrian security forces threatened to raid the Yarmuk refugee camp due to Fatah's alleged support of demonstrations against Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

“Yarmuk is not more precious than (Homs neighborhood) Baba Amro, and it will be raided if the demonstrations which Fatah movement organizes” continue, a security agent was quoted as saying.

Syrian security forces have detained a number of Fatah members: Ayman Juda Abu Ala, public action official in Yarmuk, Jihad Abu Yousef, Abdul Wahed Kherma, Firas Tahmaz, and Amjad Sadya.

The claims could not be independently verified from outside the country, but Syrian forces have at times harshly attacked Palestinians over the course of an uprising against Assad's regime. In August, a bloody campaign against the coastal town of Latakia killed dozens of Palestinians.

The Syrian government, the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation team will begin a joint humanitarian assessment of besieged towns in Syria this weekend, the UN aid chief said Thursday.

The mission, after a year of bloody turmoil in Syria, will be led by the government and "observe first-hand the conditions in various towns and cities," Valerie Amos said in a statement.

The announcement came as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office said Assad's crackdown on a revolt had killed "well over 8,000" people.

The government blames foreign-backed militants for the deaths of more than 2,500 members of the security forces.

Amos repeated calls for the government to allow unhindered access for humanitarian organizations to enable them to help "in a neutral and impartial manner."

The joint team will go to Homs, Hama, Tartous, Latakia, Aleppo, rural Damascus, Deraa and other towns. Idlib, most recently the focus of a Syrian government offensive against rebels, was not listed in the statement.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) Robby / USA
16/03/2012 05:59
When this happened 20 years ago Kuwait "cleansed themselves" of over 400,000 Palestinians. Assad may take a much more violent approach then the Kuwaiti's.

2 ) outsider / EU
16/03/2012 15:27
It's not even their war.

3 ) sylvia / UK
16/03/2012 17:42
It is time some-one spoke out against what I firmly believe to have been
Western (ie US/UK) agitators fomenting unrest in Syria. I spent 3 days alone
in Damascus in 2010 and wandered about the souks, cafes & visited
the tomb of Saladin. NOWHERE did I witness obvious signs of unrest or
unhappiness - there was NO visible Police/Army presence on the streets -
unlike Egypt (the previous year) where NO-ONE would enter into conversation
with a Westerner except in a taxi in a one to one basis.

4 ) sylvia / uk
16/03/2012 17:49
(cont.)
Yes, there were signs of poverty in Damascus - but you can find that in UK
and in US I'm sure (if you look). But what poverty I DID see was not so much
in the city - but in the Palestinian refugee camps on the outskirts.
Even so, the poverty was as NOTHING compared to that in Egypt where the
people rose up to overthrow the West's puppet - Mubarak.
When we know what Mossad gets up to, it is possible that they - with US/UK
help manufactured the Syrian uprising.

5 ) AbA / Shams
17/03/2012 00:40
@3: so there is no unhappiness in syria? None? And all those people protesting at the risk of being killed are happy? Because you walked around one day in the souk? And everyone killed was an israeli or us or uk agent, all 10,000, and members of the muslim brotherhood too? Maybe you are an assad agent.

6 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
17/03/2012 13:42
Wow, Sylvia spent three days in Damascus and she didn't see any oppression. The mukharabat in Syria are the most oppressive in the Arab world, and decades of fear have been interiorised. I'm fed up with conspiracy theories concerning Syria ! This was a popular uprising, sure the West has interest in interfering, and sure external elements have infiltrated the country, but that doesn't invalidate the initial revolts that were met by huge violence from the regime. Long live a free Syria !

7 ) Robby / USA
17/03/2012 18:33
3 ) sylvia / UK - With all due respect Sylvia, a few days in a country is not nearly enough to understand who is being suppressed, the feuding factions, etc. You can't ignore history (Assad I and family in 1982, Hama), and the lack of reforms made by Assad II when he took over. Blaming everyone else will never get the problem solved.

8 ) southparkbear / usa
17/03/2012 18:52
maybe just maybe pals need a reminder the type of reforms Assad could implement in camps there

9 ) @ 3 ) sylvia / UK
17/03/2012 21:35
Why would the Israel want Assad out? He and his father have kept the border quiet for a long time.
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