PLO: PFLP-GC leader pushing Palestinians to take sides in Syria
Published Saturday 04/08/2012 (updated) 06/08/2012 01:13
Yarmouk is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The arming of some Palestinians in Damascus’ Yarmouk refugee camp will eventually lead the Palestinians in Syria’s refugee camps to become involved in the conflict, said director of the PLO’s politburo in Damascus Anwar Abdul-Hadi.
Abdul-Hadi said Friday that Ahmad Jibreel, secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, was responsible for the events in the Yarmouk camp over the past two months.
“The Yarmouk camp has not witnessed any tough events since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria, except in the last two months. The latest event was yesterday when 20 people were killed and about 65 were injured,” Abdul-Hadi told Ma'an.
He explained that Thursday’s attack came after Ahmad Jibreel armed some men in the camp under the pretext of protecting the Palestinians. “We reject this completely because our protection is the responsibility of the state of Syria, and we are only guests there.”
Asked about the number of gunmen Ahmad Jibreel recruited, Abdul-Hadi said it is in the hundreds.
He highlighted that all Palestinian factions cooperate and coordinate with each other except Hamas. “We don’t know anything about Hamas as there is no coordination with Hamas.”
Ahmad Jibreel has declared his support to the Assad regime, and he recently recruited men affiliated to his faction “to defend the Palestinian refugee camps against the free army.”
Meanwhile President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the latest attack on Yarmouk camp on Thursday which killed at least 20 people, a statement from his office 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.
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.