Hundreds of Gazans ´return from war-torn Syria´ (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 07/25/12)
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More than 100 Palestinian families have returned to Gaza over the
past week after fleeing spiralling violence in war-torn Syria, a
Palestinian NGO said on Wednesday.
According to Hamza Abu Shanab, who heads the Palestinian Assembly for
Supporting the Syrian Revolution, the families have begun crossing
through the Rafah crossing from Egypt over the past week.
"Around 105 families who are originally from Gaza came back to the
Strip following the deterioration of the situation in Syria because
it is unsafe and unstable there," he told AFP.
He said they had been "arriving in dribs and drabs over the past week
through Rafah, particularly after the deterioration and clashes in
Abu Shanab, who started up the Syria group on Facebook in April 2011,
is the son of the late Hamas leader, Ismail Abu Shanab, who was
assassinated by Israel in 2003.
On Sunday, UNWRA expressed concern over the fate of some half a
million Palestinian refugees living in Syria, particularly those in
the Yarmuk neighbourhood of Damascus, which is home to more than
112,000 of them.
Syria is home to 486,000 Palestine refugees living in nine official
and three unofficial camps, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees
says. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 07/25/12)
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