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Abbas condemns Syria attack on Palestinian camp
Published Friday 03/08/2012 (updated) 05/08/2012 10:32
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Residents pray over the bodies of Syrians who they say are opposition
activists killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad, during
a mass funeral along a street in Jdeidet Artouz near Damascus August
1, 2012. (Reuters/Hussam Chamy)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Abbas condemned the attack on a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria on Thursday which killed at least 20 people and wounded 65, a statement from his office said.

Witnesses in Yarmouk camp told Reuters by telephone that mortars hit a busy street as people were preparing a Ramadan meal to break their fasting.

"I saw it all, I was going to my house when the first round hit the street, people ran to check the damage when the second one hit the same area," a resident said.

"Many people were killed immediately," she said.

Doctors at three nearby hospitals said at least 20 people were killed and 65 wounded.

Yarmouk camp is the largest Palestinian refugee community and is home to more than 100,000 people.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the shelling.

President Abbas' office stressed that the Palestinian position towards Syria was not to interfere in Syrian internal affairs, and that refugee camps in the country would remain neutral.

The office of the presidency called for an end to violence in refugee camps.

Last week, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad bombed a hospital in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp, Palestinian sources had told Ma'an.

The Syrian army was targeting the hospital because medics were treating wounded from all sides, while Assad's regime only allowed its own soldiers to be treated, sources said.

A Red Crescent medical complex also suffered widespread damage from shelling. There is now only one functioning hospital in Yarmouk camp.

The following day, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad detained injured patients from the Palestine Hospital in Damascus, taking them to an unknown destination, sources said.

Syrian President Bashar Assad is trying to crush a 17-month revolt against his rule in which more than 18,000 people have been killed.

Reuters contributed to his report
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
03/08/2012 19:05
The United Nations can NOT do much more than condemn, but
Fatah & Hamas should send fighters to defend own people,
and NOT just waste words with USELESS CONDEMNATIONS !!

2 ) Dalia / West Bank
03/08/2012 21:52
BRING THEM HOME. THE PLIGHT OF THE REFUGEES NEEDS TO GRAB HOLD OF PALESTINIAN LEADERS (WHO ELECTS THEM?). IT IS INHUMAN TO CONDEMN SYRIA (THEY SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE!) AND NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WHY AND HOW THE REFUGEES NEED TO COME HOME. THIS IS THE BIGGEST CRIME. LOOK AT REFUGEES IN IRAQ, LEBANON ETC. ARAB LEADERS HAVE NO CREDIBILITY NOR DOES US, ISRAEL, UN, EU. ALL HYPOCRITES THAT KEEP TELLING PEOPLE WHAT TO DO. THE PNA IS A FARCE WHEN U LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE GROUND FOR PALESTINIANS

3 ) @ Dalia-2 / USA
04/08/2012 01:36
The "refugees" ARE HOME, where after 60 years, 75% of what you call "refugees" were born in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, etc., and: 1- so were their parents and grandparents, 2- after their aged great-grandparents die, 100% will NOT be "refugees", but native-born Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanonese, etc., and FYI 3- In Israel, more than 75% of Jews are native-born, and in most cases so were their parents, 4- SO FORGET ABOUT "BRING THEM HOME" !!!!

4 ) Malone / Hfx
04/08/2012 03:42
Bring them home to where? They don't have a home,which is why they are called refugees. Abbas condemns the death of 20 pals,but does not mention the 17,000 Syrians killed.

5 ) BDS / Canada
04/08/2012 04:36
Terrible what happens to refugees. Dalia thanks for stating the true cause. It is of course the the illegal israeli zionist occupation and theft of Palestine with the brutal displacement of Palestinians from their villages and lands that is the fundamental cause of these horrific events. Palestinian lands and properties must be returned so that the refugees can come back to their lands and cities.

6 ) shirley / australia
04/08/2012 06:55
well said dahlia the PA does what US tewlls them look now how they are pushing elections against signed agreements and US pushing this and now trying to make excises not to go to UNGA las usual and always stalling and have full support AL and did ayear ago but pulled plug to make US happyPals will never rewturn and will more driven out if PALS DO NOT GO TU UNGA AND LOCK IN FULL OBSERVER STATEAND LOCK IN BORDERS then some can start to return no one knows who carried out assault on camp

7 ) Ahmed / Palestine
04/08/2012 10:04
#1 Says the zionist jew who would like to see nothing more than Arabs massacring each other to make more room for Israeli colonization. Do us all a favor and SHUT UP. By the way, if you really do live in Tubas, that means you are living in Palestine.

8 ) Arnold / Canada
05/08/2012 02:56
Both my parents and my in-laws were tossed out of their European countries. They went to live in Canada. As refugees they were checked out and then allowed to find a dwelling. That took 1 year from beginning to end. The Palestinians have been living in refugee camps for decades. What is all that about ? Why is it that no host country has ALLOWED the Palestinian refugees and the children born in those host countries to become citizens ?
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