Abbas urges UN to help refugees in Syria to enter Palestine

Mahmoud Abbas urged the international community to help Palestinian refugees fleeing fighting in camps in Syria to enter the West Bank and Gaza.

Abbas urges UN to help refugees in Syria to enter Palestine

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the international community to help Palestinian refugees fleeing fighting in camps in Syria to enter the West Bank and Gaza.

"Mahmoud Abbas, president of the state of Palestine, requested Wednesday that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the international community enable our people in Syria to enter Palestinian territory," a statement carried on the official WAFA news agency said.

He said help was needed "because of the exposure of Palestinian camps to the bloody conflict in Syria."

Abbas's call came after tens of thousands of Palestinians fled the Yarmuk district of south Damascus, home to one of 12 camps in Syria which host Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

Syrian fighter jets bombed Yarmuk camp Tuesday for the second time this week after rebels made significant advances, seizing large areas within the camp, activists said.

Civilians continue to leave Yarmouk, with some heading to UNRWA installations around Damascus. Others are fleeing to other Syrian cities and many are headed to Lebanon.

Last Mod: 19 Aralık 2012, 17:50
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