Friday, 3 August 2012

Mortars kill 21 Palestinians in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus

At least 21 Palestinians have been killed on Friday in shelling by the Syrian regime forces on the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, the director of Syrian observatory for human rights said on Friday.
The regime forces engaged with the rebels in the Tadamoun neighborhood of Damascus, close to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, the observatory director added.
According to Palestinian sources in Yarmouk refugee camp, Jauna street, therein, was bombed with mortar shells a few minutes after the Palestinian families broke their fast .
Sources added that, fighting in Yarmouk was intensifying daily, and that the number of Palestinians killed was rising dramatically in camps across Damascus, Daraa and Aleppo.
Last week, residents of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp told Reuters news that forces loyal to Assad had shelled the Palestine Hospital in the camp twice, causing a huge fire. They said there had been heavy clashes between regime forces and th Free Syrian Army fighters around the hospital.
Yarmouk refugee camp is the largest Palestinian refugee community and is home to more than 100,000 people.
On the other hand, SANA news reported that Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk came under mortar fire from the insurgents in Damascus. The agency did not mention anything regarding the Palestinian victims.
Meanwhile, The U.N. General Assembly is scheduled to vote on Friday on a proposal by the Arab League to condemn the Syrian government's use of helicopters and heavy weapons against opposition forces. This is a largely symbolic but not binding initiative.
Russia said, in advance, it would not support the resolution because it is unbalanced and encourages insurgents to keep fighting.
Also Friday, Israeli channel 10 News reported based on intelligence sources that Syrian regime forces has transferred a battery of advanced missiles to the border crossing al-Masna, which is the central route used to transfer equipment and weapons to the Hizbollah organization.
At the same time, the sources said that regime forces has deployed anti-aircraft missiles near Syrian-Lebanese Border.
Furthermore, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama had signed a special order instructing the CIA to help Syrian opposition forces, the British foreign secretary, William Hague told BBC news that his country is to step up its diplomatic and other non-military support of the Syrian opposition forces.
On it's part, Interfax news reported that Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement that Moscow has expressed concern over alleged foreign supplies of Syrian armed opposition with serious types of armaments such as portable surface-to-air missile systems, which can be used against civilian targets.

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