Palestinian refugee dies of torture in Syria camp
Published Tuesday 18/02/2014 (updated) 19/02/2014 10:06
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – A Palestinian refugee has been tortured to death by the Syrian regime’s intelligence and three others died of malnutrition and lack of healthcare in the blockaded Yarmouk refugee camp in the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, a monitoring group says.
The Workforce for Palestinians in Syria said in a statement Tuesday that Mahmoud Muhammad Mawid had been detained five months ago in al-Mazza neighborhood of Damascus. He was reported dead on Monday.
The group added that 5-year-old Raghad Muhammad al-Masri, 85-year-old Hamid Salih and Muhammad Hussein Kayid Zaghmout died on Monday of hunger and lack of healthcare.
The statement quoted a spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command Anwar Raja as saying that the withdrawal of Palestinian gunmen from the Yarmouk camp will start soon.
The statement highlighted that fierce clashes continued in Daraa refugee camp between rebels of the Free Syrian Army and Syrian regime’s forces for the third day. Shells have been fired repeatedly into the camp causing serious damage to buildings and streets.
The regime’s forces detained 24-year-old Osama Mashharawi, a Syrian from Palestinian origin, on Saturday.
In addition, a Palestinian engineer in his 50s named Tariq Muhammad Zaydan was detained from his home in al-Aedeen refugee camp in Homs.