Warplanes Killed 7 Palestinians Refugees in Syria

Syrian children walk past heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held town of Douma on February 27, 2016. Syrian children walk past heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held town of Douma on February 27, 2016. © AFP/Sameer Al-Doumy

2 July 2016
Escalated fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels hit Khan Eshieh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.

On the morning 30 June 2016, warplanes dropped bombs on civilian homes in the Palestinan populated, Khan Eshieh camp in Damascus, killing at least six residents including a seven-year-old child.

“The regime and the Russians have been targeting our area a lot over the past three days. There is no military presence in the camp…we have no idea why they’re targeting us,” said camp resident Abo Muslem.

UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian Refugees, has confirmed the increase of resident deaths in the Khan Eshieh camp. UNRWA estimates that there are 450,000 Palestinian refugees in camps across Syria, which is down from 560,000 refugees that were registered in Syria prior to the conflict. The Khan Eshieh camp alone was home to 20,000 registered Palestinian refugees before the civil war. That number dropped to 12,000, which includes 9,000 Palestinian refugees and 3,000 internally displaced Syrians.

Khan Eshieh “is located in a volatile area in the rural area of southern Damascus, where spikes in violence have caused the death of at least nine Palestinian refugees in recent weeks,” said UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness. It is feared that Khan Eshieh may become the next Yarmouk, the notorious Palestinian camp that held 18,000 refugees trapped for two years without any aid.


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