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110 Palestinian families flee Syria to Gaza

April 10, 2013 9:00 P.M. (Updated: April 13, 2013 9:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least 110 Palestinian families have fled Syria to the Gaza Strip, a refugee affairs official in Gaza said Wednesday.

Issam al-Adwan, who heads the Hamas government's refugee affairs department, said a growing number of Palestinian refugees were arriving in Gaza to escape the two-year conflict in Syria.

Al-Adwan told Ma'an that representatives of the families met with officials from the government and from UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

They asked for residence, employment and food aid, al-Adwan said.

UNRWA is providing a temporary housing allowance of $125 each month to the families and the government has provided the refugees with temporary employment, the official said.

At least 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Most Palestinians fleeing refugee camps in Syria headed to Lebanon.
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