4 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria

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Maan News Agency | May 21, 2013

213320_345x230[1]BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian refugees were killed in Syria on Monday, the Damascus-based task-force for Palestinians in Syria said.

Farid Qasim was “executed” by gunmen affiliated with rebels from the Free Syrian Army in the Sheikh Anbar neighborhood, a statement said, allegedly because he was connected to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, a pro-Assad faction.

Zuheir Talib Mousa, an officer in the PLO’s Liberation Army, was killed after being caught in the crossfire during fighting, and Muhammad Atwah died after being tortured by the Syrian regime in jail.

He was detained six months ago and his dead body was returned to his family on Monday.

Muhammad Khair al-Razzaz from Yarmouk refugee camp, also known as Abu Sakhr, was shot dead in clashes on the outskirts of Damascus, the task-force said.

Several people were injured on Monday as Syrian regime forces shelled an area of Yarmouk refugee camp, the working group for Palestine said.

The al-Husayniyah camp on the outskirts of Damascus was also shelled, and Sbeinah refugee camp near Damascus is reportedly being blockaded by Syrian troops.

Despite repeated statements from Palestinian officials that Syria camps are neutral in the internal conflict, Palestinians have been adversely affected by fighting in the two year conflict.

In March, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said that over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Syria conflict, with that number thought to have increased significantly since then.

Syria hosts half a million Palestinian refugees, descendants of those admitted after the creation of Israel in 1948, and has always cast itself as a champion of the Palestinian struggle, sponsoring several guerrilla factions.


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