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UN 'shocked' by hanging of 2 Palestinians in Syria
Published Tuesday 05/03/2013 (updated) 07/03/2013 10:49
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File photo of fighting in Yarmouk camp.(Maanimages)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Monday condemned the hanging of two Palestinians in a Syria refugee camp earlier this week, a statement said.

Last Friday, two Palestinian men were hanged in public on Palestine Street in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, the UN agency said.

"UNRWA is shocked and distressed by these killings and the manner in which they were carried out," a statement said.

"International humanitarian law applies to all parties to the conflict in Syria and extra-judicial killings are in violation of that law. UNRWA particularly deplores the increased levels of fear and trauma these deaths will generate among Palestine refugees across Syria."

It is not clear who carried out the attack.

Despite repeated statements from Palestinian officials that Syria camps are neutral in the internal conflict, Palestinians have been adversely affected by fighting in the two year conflict.

In December, heavy fighting broke out in Yarmouk camp between Syrian rebels and the army, causing the large scale displacement of Palestinian refugees.

At least 20,000 Palestinian refugees have fled to Lebanon and endure difficult conditions, with limited access to basic services and cramped housing.

The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said this week that around 1,038 Palestinians have been killed in the 22-month Syrian conflict, which has claimed the lives of around 70,000 people and created hundreds of thousands of refugees, including Palestinians.

Syria hosts half a million Palestinian refugees, descendants of those admitted after the creation of Israel in 1948, and has always cast itself as a champion of the Palestinian struggle, sponsoring several guerrilla factions.
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1 ) Mel / USA
05/03/2013 16:40
"It is not clear who carried out the attack."?Exactly!Which is whyUNRWA should get more solid info first,B4 deploring the actions,especially when it SAYS NOTHING about Israel's CONSTANT,METHODICAL"International humanitarian law.."VIOLATIONS against all its Arab neighbors,including this present conflict!Palestinians have NO option,but to be sucked into this FOREIGN ORCHESTRATED sectarian,cross-border conflict,from all directions,using Syria/Shiites,as the excuse to destabilize the regional SECTS!

2 ) amir / kuwait
05/03/2013 19:28
why the didnt mention the beheadeings by fsa ofpalestinians

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/03/2013 22:03
I thought only Jews had permission to murder Palestinians? ...or maybe that's what the UN finds so shocking. After all, Israelis must whack an average of two hundred Palestinians a year. Shoot 'em, run 'em down, bash in their heads with rocks -- it's normal. And the Syrians can't even hang TWO? It seems a mite unfair.

4 ) James Marron / United Kingdom
06/03/2013 01:32
"It is not clear who carried out the attack." To anyone who is not a stooge of the "West" or a sectarian Sunni there is no doubt that the Palestinians were murdered by the so called FSA. There is also not much doubt that they were murdered by fellow Palestinians who have joined the FSA rabble,

5 ) Reader / from Edmonton
06/03/2013 02:51
The UNRWA is directed to secure the lives of Palestinians refugees, the victims of violent Israeli expulsion. If they can't do the job in Syria, they must commit to moving them where they can. And they obviously can't delay any longer. The UN has armed forces in UNDOF and should house them there until they can find other accommodation.

6 ) USAUSA / USA
06/03/2013 06:57
Well over 1000 Palestinians have been killed in Syria. But maybe they were all "collaborators". It seems ok to kill "collaborators".

7 ) Rami / Palestine
06/03/2013 13:55
The Free Syrian Army are terrorists, as is the Syrian Government. There are no good sides in this conflict. I stand with the Syrian people and the Palestinian refugees. As far as the so-called "rebels" and the Syrian government, they can both go to hell. I'm a Palestinian first. An Arab next. When innocent Palestinians are being murdered in Syria, the Syrian forces on both sides quickly lose my support.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/03/2013 21:41
To USAUSA #6: 'USAUSA / USA 'Well over 1000 Palestinians have been killed in Syria...' On the other hand, still more have been killed in Israel. It's a tough call: which is worse, savagely homicidal dictatorship, or Israel? Sorta like one of those Stalin/Hitler arguments.
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