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Airstrike on Damascus kills 12 Palestinian refugees
Published Friday 18/01/2013 (updated) 21/01/2013 10:12
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A man passes by buildings destroyed by airstrikes in the Duma
neighborhood of Damascus Jan. 17, 2013. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Twelve Palestinian refugees were killed and more than 20 were injured in an airstrike on southern Damascus on Thursday, according to local media.

The UN refugee agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, condemned the killing of Palestinian refugees, saying it "again calls on the parties to pull back from civilian areas, including refugee camps."

Four women and six female children were among the fatalities in the strike on Husseiniyeh, a refugee neighborhood in Damascus, according to al-Yarmouk news, a Palestinian news source.

In December, thousands of refugees fled the al-Yarmouk camp, also in Damascus, when heavy fighting broke out between government and opposition forces.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told Ma'an: "The Yarmouk experience is being repeated in other parts of Greater Damascus and that is putting the refugee community at ever greater risk."

Last week, UNRWA said refugees were still able to leave Husseiniyeh amid the fighting, but not able to take their belongings with them.

The UN agency is hosting 6,549 displaced persons in its Damascus facilities, most of whom are Palestinian refugees.
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1 ) Robby / USA
18/01/2013 16:54
"Four women and six female children were among the fatalities..." C'mon Maan, no one here cares, you are just wasting space. Only matters if Israel is involved.

2 ) Reader / from Edmonton
18/01/2013 20:34
Send the refugees to Palestine. They have a state, a country recognized by the UN: send them home and free them from harm in a war zone. The cost of settling or re-settling these people in Palestine is no greater than maintaining them in Syria, or anywhere else for that matter.

3 ) Robby / USA
18/01/2013 22:11
2 ) Reader / from Edmonton - That would cost the anti-Israel crowd too much in the way of propaganda and excuses not to make peace. It isn't about the health and welfare of the refugees, they are a bargaining peace. It's about denying Israel's right to exist. Not going to happen.

4 ) Israeli1 / Israel
19/01/2013 00:20
Where is this Palestine? There is virtually no room in the West Bank but Canada is so large and empty. I am sure Alberta would be a welcoming place. Canada now!

5 ) Kalte Lokshen / USA
19/01/2013 09:56
Reader 2 - you are missing the point. The world keeps the Palestinians as refugees only to bash Israel. No one really cares for them - even their Arab 'brothers' who keep them in misery.

6 ) Just Imagin if JEWS would / HAVE DONE THIS
19/01/2013 10:11
Four women and six female children were among the fatalities WOMAN AND CHILDREN MASSACRED AND NO ONE CARES!!!! WE ARABS ARE THE EPITOME OF HIPOCRICY

7 ) CAN YOU IMAGINE THE HEADLINES / ON AL JAZEERAH IF
19/01/2013 10:33
ISRAEL WOULD HAVE DONE THIS? can you "see" the HEADLINES and the pictures of the TORN CORPSES? can you IMAGINE THE UNITED NATIONS CALLING FOR EMERGENCY MEETING AND CONDEMNING ISRAEL can you imagine ABU MAZEN , Hamas, and HIZBULLAH CALLING FOR TERRIBLE REVENGE against the FILTHY JEWS? Can you imagine the reaction of Shelly Yehimovich, Zippi Livni (and Of course Zehava Galon) declaring the ISRAELI GOVENMENT FACIST MURDERERS??? and here, in Maan, it is an INSIGNIFICANT MESSAGE KUDOS

8 ) Reader / from Edmonton
19/01/2013 18:37
Maybe, just maybe, the reason the Palestinian refugees haven't returned to Palestine has to do with Israelis waving guns in their faces. For those who claim not to know, legal Palestine exists within pre-1967 borders: this has been confirmed by 138 UN members. Legal Israel exists within 1947 partition borders: this has been repeatedly confirmed by UN resolution. The balance of territory will be assigned by an international court.

9 ) Reader / from Edmonton
19/01/2013 18:46
And yes, Alberta is a welcoming, highly multi-ethnic, multi-cultural place. Experience has shown us that had Alaska become the new Israel, the indigenous people would have been transported to Alberta, and Israel would have claimed to have annexed the Yukon and turned British Columbia into a closed military zone.

10 ) ismail / qatar
19/01/2013 23:52
when resistance factions control wb.i think maan will forced to changes your staff..

11 ) Reader / from Edmonton
20/01/2013 17:30
Until Palestine has a formal army, there is only resistance factions. When these factions unite into a citizen militia they will become much more effective.
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