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PLO officials in Syria for talks on refugees
Published Sunday 10/02/2013 (updated) 11/02/2013 19:08
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Syrian refugees walk past tents at the al-Zaatri refugee camp,
in Mafraq, near the Syrian border, Nov. 25. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A high-level PLO delegation arrived in Damascus on Sunday to discuss the situation of Palestinian refugees in Syria, a PLO official said.

Zakaria al-Agha, a Fatah official and Chairman of the PLO's Refugee Affairs Department who is heading the delegation, said they will meet with Syrian officials, faction representatives in the Palestinian camps in Syria, as well as officials from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

The visit aims to secure the return of Palestinians to their homes. Many have fled Syria, or been internally displaced, as the fighting between the Syrian army and opposition forces spread into the camps.

Al-Agha said the PLO wants to help improve Palestinian-Syrian relations, and find a way to keep Palestinians out of the conflict.

The PLO delegation will also visit Lebanon to assess the situation of the Palestinian refugees who fled across the border there.

Al-Agha said they will discuss ways to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian refugees and to provide a decent life for them until they return to their camps inside Syrian territory.

The delegation also includes PLO member and PA minister Ahmad Majdalani and Mahmoud al-Khalidi, the Palestinian ambassador to Syria.

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

Syria hosts half a million Palestinian refugees, descendants of those admitted after the creation of Israel in 1948.
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1 ) where is UNRRWA??? / there is a body
10/02/2013 18:53
that has been erected for the sole purpose of HELPING PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!!!!

2 ) Alison / UK
10/02/2013 22:18
UNRWA is chronically underfunded by the international community and cannot cover the ever increasing needs. In some ways having a specific separarte organisation from UNHCR is a very mixed blessing for Palestinians

3 ) occupied people / ps
10/02/2013 23:04
UN fasad
it was created by the occupier as to shut people up and make it look like palestinians are not abused , UN is not the protector of palestinians,
UN has no power it is the security counsel that does.
1948 created palestine lebanon jordan syria kuwait iraq turkey
these were all once one nation under one flag , conspiracy to dissiminate this great nation , cover up following its collapse , the world is in astate of hostility . ask yourself who benifits from this caos

4 ) Robby / USA
10/02/2013 23:10
I guess hundreds of dead civilian Palestinian men, women and children is a big enough issue for the Palestinian leaders to get involved. HAMAS, PLO, Islamic Jihad - where are you?!?!

5 ) Reader / from Edmonton
11/02/2013 00:17
"...as well as officials from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees." One of the questions that need an answer is why the insurgents were in the Palestinian refugee camp executing non-combatants for being non-combatants. If the UN can't protect them here they have an obligation to move them where they can be protected. Don't expect Israel to accept responsibility: they never have.
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