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PFLP-GC blames Qatar for Syria rebel killings
Published Wednesday 07/11/2012 (updated) 10/11/2012 13:58
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian faction loyal to President Bashar Assad on Wednesday blamed Qatar's support to rebel fighters in Syria for the killing of its members near a refugee camp in Damascus.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command said Qatar held full responsibility for the killing of eight of its members near Yarmouk camp earlier Wednesday.

Opposition sources said 10 PFLP-GC fighters were killed, and that Syrian army artillery and warplanes bombarded rebel positions in the area.

PFLP-GC leader Hussam Arafat said their members were defending the camp when opposition fighters opened fire. He warned that the faction will retaliate.

Palestinian officials insist that refugees in Syria are not involved in the deadly war rocking the country, citing security concerns for the vulnerable refugee population if they are perceived to take sides.

But Syria's uprising has split Palestinian loyalties, with many ordinary Palestinians sympathetic to the uprising by their fellow Sunnis, and others recalling the Syrian government's long-support for Palestinians.

Some rebels said last week they had begun arming sympathetic Palestinians to fight the PFLP-GC, which has helped Assad in his crackdown on the 19-month-old revolt.

The shelling of suspected rebel positions in Yarmouk, a swarming camp home to 150,000 Palestinian refugees and perhaps as many Syrians, appeared to be the army's way of supporting the PFLP-GC.

The Syrian foreign ministry said Damascus would stand "with full determination against any attempt to drag the Palestinians into what is happening in Syria," the state news agency SANA reported, quoting a ministry official.

President Mahmoud Abbas has asked both the United Nations and Russia, one of Assad's last remaining allies, to work to protect Palestinians in Syria, the official Palestinian news agency reported.

Syria hosts half a million Palestinian refugees, mostly descendants of those who fled their homes during and after the creation of Israel in 1948.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) judith kay / usa
07/11/2012 20:53
about the hill ,, where is the catapult ? or a helium balloon probably at night

2 ) shirley / australia
07/11/2012 21:33
this is garbage where is QATAR supporting the rebels after defying US and going to GAZA the pflp are also the same group that dammed HAMAS for not boycotting or holding elections PFLP need alesson in reality and TRUTH about what is really going on in ME and why thjey haVe lost the plotr QATAR is under extreme US pressure and it IS PALS who are to blame for ongoing violence in SYRIA and ABBASS pulling the plugtime pals took agood look at themselvresa and will be first to goif PA pull plug againb

3 ) omar / tunis
08/11/2012 02:22
as usual husam arafat doesnt know .. qatar is at forefont of paying terrorists i n syria,mali,somalia they in rival with saudi arabia.. qatar is a nato state - zio lackey.shurley pflpgc is differnt group to pflp .gc are aligned with hamas and iran

4 ) neutral / .ps
08/11/2012 11:10
wish those journos would stop using sectarianism.its salfists/mbislamists v seclarists and govt... stick to facts.btw its not just gc who are protecting palestine camps.

5 ) Mel / USA
08/11/2012 16:09
That's not fair PFLP-GC! U can't blame Doha,alone!Don't forget who's sending BIG suitcases of Wahhabi petro-bucks? Riyadh,Manama,too!With NATO,CIA orchestrating! It's a rerun of 1980's Soviet's in Afghanistan(albeit in Syria)with /Riyadh funding al-Qaeda,Salafists,M/B's & any other "Afghan Arab"mercs.to fight as Western proxies versus "Commies","Socialists" & kill fellow Muslims(esp.Shia).Then,put a puppet in Damascus,other despot Shah in Iran,to obeyD.C./EU.Also to enclave in Russia(push East).
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