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Hamas appeals to warring parties in Syria not to involve Palestinian refugees

Smoke rises from air strikes carried out Assad regime in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria where Palestinian refugees take shelter on 24 April 2018 [Rami Alsayed/Anadolu Agency]
Smoke rises from air strikes carried out by the Assad regime in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria where Palestinian refugees take shelter on 24 April 2018 [Rami Alsayed/Anadolu Agency]

Hamas appealed to the warring parties in Syria not to involve the Palestinian refugee camps in the current events there, Wednesday.

“The movement appeals to all parties not to involve the Palestinian people in the refugee camps in Syria in any of the events taking place there” said Abdel Latif Al-Qanoua, a Hamas spokesman.

“We must end the suffering of the Palestinians. They are refugees whose only aspirations and hopes is to return to their homes, cities and villages, which they were expelled from by the Israeli occupation” he added.

Local sources said Wednesday that about 20 civilians have been killed by the Syrian regime bombing against Yarmouk refugee camp, which is mostly controlled by Daesh.

According to UNRWA some 12,000 Palestinian refugees live in Yarmouk and surrounding areas, including 6,200 refugees who live inside Yarmouk refugee camp which has been under siege imposed by the Syrian regime since 2011.

Read: Syria regime kills 20 civilians in Yarmouk refugee camp

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