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Palestinian forces targeted in Syria explosion
Published Saturday 17/03/2012 (updated) 19/03/2012 12:58
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Syrian security officials inspect the site of an explosion in Damascus in this
handout photo distributed by the Syrian News Agency, March 17, 2012.
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A vehicle belonging to the Palestine Liberation Army exploded in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp on Saturday, killing several people, sources in the city told Ma'an.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, or who was behind it. Syrian authorities immediately cordoned off the area and prevented access to the site and photography. The number of casualties could not be independently verified from outside the country.

The explosion followed two large blasts targeting state security buildings in Damascus, killing security force personnel and civilians, which state television blamed on "terrorists" seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syrian state TV did not confirm the blast in Yarmouk camp, which is home to the largest population of Palestinian refugees in Syria, lying 8 km from the center of Damascus.

The vehicle exploded near the headquarters of the General Command in the camp. The PLA was established as the armed wing of the PLO, but later integrated under Syrian military command and used to police refugee camps.

While PLA forces are historically linked to the military, a Damascus source noted security forces had threatened the camp just days earlier due to reported dissent.

A security official threatened to raid the camp due to Fatah's alleged support of demonstrations against Syrian leader Bashar Assad, sources in the camp told Ma'an this week.

“Yarmouk 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.

Palestinians have not been spared the deadly violence rocking Syria as Assad battles a year-long uprising against his rule.

In August, a Syrian assault on the port city Latakia killed dozens of Palestinians in Ramel refugee camp, and the UN said thousands of refugees fled the violence.
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1 ) Hassan / Usa
17/03/2012 20:22
Where is the outcry? Where is the flotilla? Where are the missiles? Where is goldstone? Just shows you the concert hypocracy off all of the above!!

2 ) Robby / USA
18/03/2012 02:16
1 ) Hassan / Usa - Of course there won't be a flotilla delivering "aid", the Syrians would probably sink it on site. And the Goldstone report would probably yet another report by the Arab League that means nothing.

3 ) Yehuda / New York
18/03/2012 02:51
1) "Hassan": The outcry is loud and clear. Now it is the Russians and Chinese playing games with innocent peoples lives while the criminal Assad Regime massacres his people. Just as the USA has done for the last 60 years, protecting us, the worlds latest master race while we massacre, and ehtnically cleanse Palestine for our own greedy ends. The hypocrisy is that we continue to point at our neighbors to divert attention from our own crimes "Hassan".

4 ) southparkbear / usa
18/03/2012 06:25
spring time in syria. it's so nice of assad to share the fruit of his nobel reforms with the palestinians

5 ) Outsider / EU
18/03/2012 10:00
1) You missed the sanctions, the freezing of assets, Turkey's threat to create a buffer zone inside Syria, etc?

6 ) Robby / USA
18/03/2012 18:25
5 ) Outsider / EU - but where is the aid to the civilians? We hear about people needing supplies, why isn't there "Free Syria" caravans and boats bringing medicine and food in?

7 ) Christ / Norway
19/03/2012 19:59
Let us remember how "we" have tuned Libiya upside down-and as far as i can see there is no end in sight regarding the instability there.The Assad regime`s security forces account for a third of the casualties,there are other motives than humanitarian one`s and who are the resistance?The assad regime has been brutal-no doubt-but that is also the reality of middle eastern politics. This whole "Arab-Spring" thing reminds me of a game of "RISK"-no disrespect to all those who suffered and died.
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