The head of the Palestinian Authority, President Mahmoud Abbas, has asked the international community to allow Palestinians fleeing from their refugee camps in Syria to enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Attacks against the camps are forcing more and more Palestinian refugees to seek safety elsewhere. President Abbas has asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to step in on this issue.
"While not wishing to interfere in the internal affairs of other Arab countries," said Abbas, "I must insist on the great importance of protecting Palestinians in the refugee camps in Syria."
More than 450,000 Palestinian refugees live in ten refugee camps in Syria. Those in Al-Yarmouk, the largest camp located to the south of Damascus, are being exposed to very difficult circumstances as a result of the Syrian revolution. According to local news agencies, many Palestinians have been killed; at least 20 were killed in an aerial attack on a mosque in Al-Yarmouk last week alone.