Thursday, May 28
Latest News
  1. Chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate pledges no attacks on the West
  2. Syrian soldiers tell of harrowing escape from besieged hospital
  3. Blatter ally AFC opposes FIFA vote delay
  4. Libya issues warning after PM escapes assassination
  5. Coalition raids on rebels in Yemen capital kill 43
  6. EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers
  7. Official: Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya to island
  8. Iraq forces in Anbar push, stir over operation codename
  9. Brother urges Iran to free reporter held on 'laughable' charges
  10. Yemeni pleads guilty in New York to Al-Qaeda conspiracy
  11. UN seeks new date for Yemen talks
  12. Draft bill on transsexuals sent to Iran parliament
  13. EU to unveil latest plan to absorb migrants fairly
  14. Spokesman: Libya PM escapes assassination attempt
  15. AFP: Multiple explosions, gunfire in Kabul diplomatic area
  16. Govt: Kabul gunbattle ends with four attackers killed
  17. Turkey says training of moderate Syrian rebels begins with US
  18. Pro-government fighters push rebels out of Yemen city
  19. Police: suspected Fulani herdsmen kill at least 23 in central Nigeria
  20. Obama: Russia adopting 'increasingly aggressive posture' in Ukraine

Airstrike on Damascus kills 12 Palestinian refugees

Jan. 18, 2013 11:57 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 10:12 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Twelve Palestinian refugees were killed and more than 20 were injured in an airstrike on southern Damascus on Thursday, according to local media.

The UN refugee agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, condemned the killing of Palestinian refugees, saying it "again calls on the parties to pull back from civilian areas, including refugee camps."

Four women and six female children were among the fatalities in the strike on Husseiniyeh, a refugee neighborhood in Damascus, according to al-Yarmouk news, a Palestinian news source.

In December, thousands of refugees fled the al-Yarmouk camp, also in Damascus, when heavy fighting broke out between government and opposition forces.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told Ma'an: "The Yarmouk experience is being repeated in other parts of Greater Damascus and that is putting the refugee community at ever greater risk."

Last week, UNRWA said refugees were still able to leave Husseiniyeh amid the fighting, but not able to take their belongings with them.

The UN agency is hosting 6,549 displaced persons in its Damascus facilities, most of whom are Palestinian refugees.

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015