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Activists: Syrian fighter jets bomb Palestinian camp in Damascus
Published Sunday 16/12/2012 (updated) 17/12/2012 18:46
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Smoke rises after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet
fired missiles in Erbeen near Damascus Dec. 10, 2012.
(Reuters/Bassam Al-Erbeeni, Shaam News Network, HO)
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Syrian fighter jets rocketed the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 25 people sheltering in a mosque in an area where Syrian rebels have been trying to advance on the capital, opposition activists said.

They said the deaths resulted from a rocket hitting a mosque in the camp, to which refugees have fled from other fighting in nearby suburbs of Damascus. It was the first reported aerial attack on the camp since the revolt against President Bashar Assad erupted last year.

Yarmouk, in southern Damascus, is part of an arc sweeping from the east to southwest of the Syrian capital where Assad's forces have been trying for several weeks to push back rebels from the gates of his power base.

A video posted on Youtube shows bodies and body parts scattered on the stairs of what appears to be the mosque.

Syria is the home of more that 500,000 Palestinian refugees, most of them living in Yarmouk. Assad's government and Syrian rebels have enlisted and armed Palestinians refugees during the 21-month uprising, which has escalated into a civil war.

Heavy fighting broke out 12 days ago between Palestinians loyal to Assad and Syrian rebels, together with a brigade of Palestinian fighters known as Liwaa al-Asifah (Storm Brigade).

The fighting intensified on Saturday with rebels gaining ground inside the camp, forcing Ahmed Jibril, a veteran leader of a Damascus-based Palestinian faction that back Assad to leave the capital with his son.

Jibril's PFLP-GC has maintained strong ties to Assad throughout the uprising, unlike Hamas whose Damascus-based officials - including leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal - quietly pulled out of Syria as the mainly Sunni Muslim revolt against Assad gained momentum.

Clashes flared anew after Sunday's air strike between Palestinians from the PFLP-GC, and Syrian rebels together with other Palestinian fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

Some PFLP-GC fighters were killed, the London-based Observatory said.

Opposition activists and the Observatory said many families were trying to escape the internal Yarmouk clashes.
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1 ) Palestinian / Palestine
16/12/2012 15:41
so when the so-called rebels were slaughtering palestinian refugees in syria, maan kept silent and didnt report the crimes. both sides are killers, the regime and the so-called rebels, but reporting on the crimes of one side and ignoring the crimes of the other makes you maan partner in the crime!

2 ) Pinkale / UK
16/12/2012 15:59
Nobody appears to be jumping up and down with indignation at this incident where a mosque is targetted, and ''at least'' 25 Pals are killed. But then Israel and the Juice are not responsible.

3 ) Mahmoud Bsharat / Jenin-West=Bank
16/12/2012 16:07
May God help the Syrian and Palestinian people get rid of this tyrant alongside the Israeli occupation.

4 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
16/12/2012 16:54
Is there some way that Readers can blame the IDF for this?

5 ) Elliot Kersh / uk
16/12/2012 20:27
Israel lets Syria live in peace, but they still hate Israel. Go figure it.

6 ) arska / finland
16/12/2012 20:58
they sould blame israel and everything will be all right...

7 ) Let them go home / Ireland
16/12/2012 21:13
Let them go home to Israel - all these Palestinians stuck with no citizenship, no passport to escape the Syrian and Iraqi wars, the Israeli government's refusal to let them take refuge in their own homeland is so shameful.

8 ) RonCo215 / USA
16/12/2012 22:37
Hey Ireland, they are home! All the arabs are the same people and most of the ones that came to settle in the British mandate called Palestine, came from Syria. Go find any history anywhere about an arab nation called Palestine! What is shameful is that you believe what you are saying!

9 ) @1 / ps
17/12/2012 01:03
good comment.true

10 ) Manolo / france
17/12/2012 10:18
@(5) Israel still occupies the golan heights u dummy, hardly a recipe for friendship

11 ) Rosalie Laughton / South Africa
17/12/2012 16:23
Where is the outcry by the UN?? If this could be blamed on Israel, it would be front page news.

12 ) Voice of / reason.
18/12/2012 19:35
#11) You just touched on the absolute hypocrisy of the UN and Western media in all this. They virtually dropped coverage of the Syrian war at over 30,000 dead to cover Israel's counter-attack on Hamas. Now that the Syrian death toll has reached over 40,000 its getting less coverage than 20 dead kids in America. This proves they don't give a F@ck about Arab lives as having any value other than when used as propaganda against Israel. You're all being used folks. Wise up and make peace !
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