UNRWA deeply distressed that Palestine refuges lost their lives in Syria

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info – June 09, 2011

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, said he was deeply distressed that “Palestine refugees in Syria have lost their lives and been injured in recent events, including in Yarmouk, which is home to a third of the Palestine refugee community in Syria. UNRWA extends condolences to the families of all victims and strongly appeals for calm and restraint on all sides.”

“UNRWA calls on all concerned to preserve the sanctity of human life as required by international law, to protect the safety and dignity of all, and to ensure that any further loss of civilian lives is avoided,” Grandi stated, while adding that “these and other recent, tragic events are a reminder that Palestine refugees remain vulnerable and exposed to risks throughout the region. As the Commissioner-General has reiterated many times recently, they also highlight the need for the international community to redouble its efforts to achieve for the refugees a just and lasting solution based on UN resolutions and international law.”

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