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PA: 2,000 Palestinians in Syria jails
Published Monday 03/06/2013 (updated) 17/06/2013 20:16
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- About 2,000 Palestinians are in the custody of Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled regime, the Palestinian Authority labor minister estimated Monday.

Ahmad Majdalani, who returned Friday from a brief visit to Syria, told Ma'an that about 1,300 of the 2,000 Palestinians in Syrian custody were thought to have taken part in the fighting there.

But he said the others had no involvement and should be released.

Majdalani was in Syria for talks with the leadership but he said the Palestinian delegation did not visit refugee camps for security reasons.

"The aim from my visit to Syria was to discuss with the Syrian government the possibility to keep the Palestinian refugee camps away (from the fighting) and never plunge them in the clashes," he said.

Majdalani said a handful of foreign countries were opening their doors to Palestinian refugees. Among them are Canada, Australia and some in Scandinavia, he said.

“The Palestinian side didn’t discuss anything with these welcoming countries,” he added in line with a long-standing policy to not take sides in the Syria conflict, which has left over 70,000 dead since the Assad regime launched a crackdown on protesters in March 2011.

He referred to the conflict in Syria as a "nakba," or "catastrophe," worse than the 1948 exodus.

Of the 530,000 refugees in Syria, he said, 150,000 are not registered with the UN refugee agency. Some 100,000 Palestinians have fled Syria and another 300,000 left their camps in search of safety.
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1 ) where is the rage? / where are the CRYING MOTHERS
03/06/2013 16:22
and wives? where is the SHABAB? you cannot cry and demonstrate only when JEWS put Palestinians in jail, can you?

2 ) Robby / USA
03/06/2013 16:47
#1 - and how many dead, another thousand plus? No story hear, no one cares.

3 ) likbotom / USA
04/06/2013 07:28
''2,000 Palestinians in Syria jails'' Well they are the lucky ones being fed and sheltered, the unlucky are the 75,000 Arabs killed in Syria so far.

4 ) Susie / Germany
05/06/2013 11:23
@3 Are those 75,000 ''Arabs'', killed by other Arabs?

5 ) southparkbear / usa
24/06/2013 21:55
thank -g unlimited family visits
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