Two killed as Syrian regime shells Palestinian refugee camp
Local activists have reported that one man and his young daughter have died following the shelling of a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria.
Reports indicated that the Yarmouk camp close to Damascus was repeatedly shelled as dawn broke on Thursday, as regime forces were aiming for rebel-controlled Syrian houses enmeshed with the Palestinians in the camp.
The camp houses around 150,000 of the approximately half a million Palestinian refugees in Syria.
The refugees have remained divided over their support for the uprising and publicly strived to remain neutral out of fears for their safety.
Despite this, the Yarmouk camp has seen increasing attacks by Bashar al-Assad’s forces, with this latest attack the fourth of its kind since June. An attack on the 3 August resulted in 30 deaths and dozens of injuries.
This resulted in condemnation of the Syrian government’s actions by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the first of its kind from a group that had formerly publicly expressed its support for the regime.
Palestinian refugees make up around two percent of the overall Syrian population, and nominally have equal rights to Syrian nationals.