2 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria clashes

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Maan News Agency | July 6, 2013


227201_345x230[1]BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Two Palestinian refugees were killed Friday in ongoing clashes between military forces of the Syrian regime and rebels in the outskirts of Damascus, according to a Palestinian group.

The Taskforce for Palestinians in Syria said in a statement Saturday that Amani Jamal Naora was shot dead in the southern Syria town of Babbila in Rif Dimashq district. Separately, a young man identified as Jihad Muhammad Kheir Shihabi was killed by an artillery shell in Al-Hujira, a village near Babbila. The statement highlighted that Shihabi was active in documenting news about Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.

Khan al-Sheikh refugee camp was also bombarded and refugees in the camp are suffering a serious humanitarian crisis, according to the group. The regime forces have imposed a blockade on the camp and as a result, residents are unable to obtain basic needs including food and fuel.

The statement added that Daraa refugee camp near the border with Jordan was hit by several shells causing material damages. No injuries have been reported. The statement added that clashes erupted in Daraa between forces of the regime and rebels. Residents there are also suffering from a serious shortage of food and other basic requirements.

In Yarmouk refugee camp, the group highlighted that residents had some moments of calm Friday, yet they still suffer as the regime forces continue to a siege on the camp which began in December. Most of the hospitals and bakeries in the camp have been shut down and the residents have been deprived of food products, medicine and fuel. The army has been preventing all residents from moving in and out for three consecutive days.

Activists wrote on Facebook that the Yarmouk camp will remain closed until Monday, and that will create a real humanitarian disaster.

A Palestinian man identified as Tariq Tamim from Yarmouk camp was released after three months in detention by the regime forces, added the statement.


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