Syrian Fighting Hits Largest ‘Palestinian Camp’ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 08/05/12)
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Battles between Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel armies raged
in Damascus over the weekend. On Thursday, fighting hit Al-Yarmouk, a
Damascus neighborhood that serves as an unofficial camp for roughly
150,000 people registered as Palestinian refugees.
At least 21 people were killed in the camp as Syrian troops used
heavy fire to beat back rebels.
The mood in camps such as Al-Yarmouk has shifted in recent weeks,
with an increasing number of Palestinians calling to topple Assad.
During a recent protest in the Al-Yarmouk there were calls to murder
Ahmed Jabril, who leads the People’s Front terrorist group, which is
known for its close ties to the Assad regime.
The violence Thursday is expected to add to anti-regime sentiment.
Leaders of the “Palestinian refugee” community in Syria denounced the
violence, and called on both sides not to involve the Palestinian
refugees in the conflict.
Most people in Syria who are considered Palestinian refugees are
Syrian-born, but are not considered Syrian, and do not have political
rights. Their situation is better than that of refugees in
neighboring countries such as Lebanon, where refugees have limited
work options and are refused citizenship. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011
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