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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 11:21 AM

Syrian jet fires rocket at Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus

Source: The Guardian

At least one rocket from a Syrian air force jet has killed and wounded dozens of Palestinians in the largest refugee camp in Damascus, sending thousands of residents fleeing for other areas of the capital now wracked by civil war.

Sunday's attack is believed to be the first strike against the Yarmouk camp by an air force jet, the most potent weapon used so far by the regime in its defence of the capital. The rocket hit a mosque near the centre of the camp, killing at least 25 people, Reuters reports. There was panic in the area near the mosque. Videos posted online showed the dead and injured being collected by residents.
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The Yarmouk camp has steadily been drawn into the fighting in Damascus over the past month. Though hit by an artillery shell in August, which killed 20 people, the camp had largely remained a relative safe haven as security disintegrated elsewhere in the capital amid rebel attempts to advance towards the regime's power base.
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The attack is believed to have occurred after sporadic fighting inside the camp over the past fortnight between rebel units and Palestinian factions loyal to Assad, headed by Ahmed Jibril, a veteran local leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine general committees.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/16/syrian-rocket-palestinian-refugee-camp



Reuters report: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/16/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121216

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muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 OP
zellie Dec 2012 #1
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #2
aquart Dec 2012 #3
Chef Eric Dec 2012 #4
aquart Dec 2012 #5
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #6

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 12:12 PM

1. The Palestinian camps

 

have been with the rebels giving aid and support. They figure they will be part of the new Islamic state.

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Response to zellie (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 01:05 PM

2. Like the rest of Syria, the Palestinians are divided.

Some support Assad, some don't.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 04:34 PM

3. A refugee camp?

How long have they been camping?

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Response to Chef Eric (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:51 PM

5. I guess Syria doesn't allow anchor babies.

Because surely they're 90% native born Syrians by now?

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Response to aquart (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:11 PM

6. Do you have a point?

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