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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:41 PM

Syrian routine

A look at the history of Syria’s treatment of its Palestinian population should mean the recent violence in Yarmouk comes as no surprise.

Despite its proclaimed role as the ultimate defender of the resistance, Syria’s involvement in the Palestinian cause has always been inextricably linked to Palestinians’ support for the Syrian regime.

In the 1980s Syria was the catalyst for splits in the resistance, as it worked to rid the country of Yasser Arafat and his supporters after the Palestinian Authority moved away from the Assad regime.

After that, what remained were pro-regime splinter groups, with The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command at the forefront.


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