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Palestinians killed in Damascus camp

Sept. 19, 2012 7:57 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2012 6:35 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – At least 10 Palestinian refugees were killed Wednesday in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, activists posting to a Facebook account for the camp reported.

According to media from the camp, 15-year-old Jalal Yousif Salih was shot dead by a Syrian government sniper near the Palestine Hospital in the camp. Photos of the victim were published before he was identified.

Another victim identified as 10-year-old Fadi Alaa al-Masri was shot dead in the al-Zein neighborhood.

Earlier, a body was found in the Black Stone neighborhood. The victim was later identified as Muhammad Shaaban.

An elderly man was also shot dead in the Deir Yasin neighborhood, according to activists. They identified him as 70-year-old Ahmad Abbas.

Six other bodies were also found in Deir Yasin. Three of them were identified as Nafith Muhammad Abu Hassan, Husam Shihabi and Yasser Lahham.

Several bodies remained unidentified, according to activists, as forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad shelled Yarmouk, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria.

Rebels seize border crossing

Meanwhile rebels seized their third border crossing with Turkey, a Turkish official said, after fierce battles with government troops overnight that sent bullets flying into Syria's northern neighbor.

Television footage showed a rebel tearing down the Syrian flag on top of what appeared to be a customs building at the Tel Abyad frontier gate. Minutes earlier sporadic gunfire could be heard and black smoke rose from parts of the building.

"I can confirm that the gate has fallen. It is under the complete control of the rebels," a Turkish official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

There was no sign of any government troops at the crossing from television pictures broadcast live on CNN Turk.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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