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PA condemns Syrian regime after Yarmouk attack
Published Sunday 16/12/2012 (updated) 17/12/2012 14:32
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Syria is home to nearly 500,000 UN-registered Palestinian refugees.
RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- The Palestinian Authority leadership condemned the Syrian regime on Sunday after Bashar Assad's forces attacked a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, killing at least 25 people.

"We hold Bashar Assad and his regime responsible for this crime in Yarmouk camp, which clearly reveals that this regime knows no limits in its approach to criminal murder and destruction," Senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo told Reuters.

"In the Yarmouk refugee camp massacre and everywhere in Syria, the international community must put an end to a system of murder and terrorism in Syria before they burn the whole region."

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.

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

President Abbas told official news agency Wafa that he was very concerned that Palestinians in Syria were begin affected by Syria's internal conflict and called for an end to violence against refugee camps in the country.

He urged the international community to intervene to protect Palestinian refugees in Syria.

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 Palestinian 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.

In November, the PLO said that around 600 Palestinians had been killed in the Syrian conflict.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Mel / USA
16/12/2012 18:57
HOW DO U KNOW ITS ASSAD'S FORCES DROPPING MISSILES?Assad's DEFENDING Syria from al-Qaeda/Salafist Arab facists! Syria's ALWAYS given Palestinians REFUGE from Israel's persecution!Abbas is too EAGER with his venom against Assad(D.C. script).Have U told pro-Zionist oil-sheiks,that u'll SACRIFICE Sunni Palestinian refugees-as 'collateral damage'-in NATO's COUP on Shia Islam!?What's the price?A USG-controlled PA-lestine"state"?If any PALESTINIANS survive the Arab-on-Arab(divide&rule)blood-bath!????

2 ) gabi / australia
16/12/2012 18:58
WORLD MUST BE CRAZY WATCHING IN SILENT THIS CRIME . NOW IS TIME FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO DRAG Syrian REGIME LEADERS TO JUSTICE !!!!!!!!

3 ) Bob / Country
16/12/2012 19:22
Abbas here is your chance. Take syria to the ICC for war crimes. Lets see for once what type of charcter you have.

4 ) JoeFattal / USA
16/12/2012 19:33
The sad part about it is many civilians to include children and women are killed daily. But in the other hand Assad can do whatever he wants, even exterminate his own people but within its walls. I do not agree with such cruelty with the Assad regime but that's the way it is. The revolt is not going to win militarily, Assad got too much of an arsenal. And if Assad lose, Syria will not have a single government to run it.

5 ) Must be said / Canada
16/12/2012 23:05
Syria supports Palestine and supports militarily the Palestinian resistance. Palestinian groups such as Hamas and Fatah should not take the side of US and Gulf imperialism against the Syrian people.

6 ) Reader / from Edmonton
17/12/2012 00:01
Abbas, here is your chance. Bring the refugees home to Palestine. It's your country.

7 ) faris / ps
17/12/2012 00:38
show evidence .the track record of the alqaida rebels is not so good.or beirut news and qatar..shame you dont publish their attacks.200 massacred in idlib by al qaida rebels.mosque blown up,nr turkish border.town residents masscared again..

8 ) gabi / australia
17/12/2012 01:31
I AM NOT #2 ABOVE. I DID NOT WRITE THAT POST. (And I don't usually write in capitals except for the odd word here and there, as emphasis.) In fact we here in Australia hear a lot about crimes from both sides. My view is that you don't take sides in a civil war because you don't know where the truth lies. As Mel says.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/12/2012 02:00
To Bob #3 'Take syria to the ICC for war crimes.' Ol' Israel's created kind of a backlog there. Gotta work through stuff going back to 1948 first. But after that, Syria, first thing! Promise.

10 ) IVAN / RUSSIA
17/12/2012 22:54
TO MA'AN STAFF---WHERE IS MY POST??????????[YOUR CENSOR HAVE A BIG PROBLEM !]
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