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Group: 2 Palestinians killed in Syria refugee camp

July 23, 2013 9:49 A.M. (Updated: July 24, 2013 6:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian refugees were killed in Yarmouk camp on Monday in clashes between Free Syrian Rebels and Syrian regime forces, a Palestinian group in Syria said.

Muhammad al-Asi and Muhammad Zuheir Dusouq were both shot dead in the Damascus refugee camp, the Taskforce for Palestinians in Syria said.

On Tuesday, several shells landed in the camp causing material damage.

Syrian regime forces continue to prevent Yarmouk camp residents from leaving the camp for the third consecutive day. Power and other services in Yarmouk have been seriously interrupted over the past 8 months and most hospitals have closed due to a lack of medicine and equipment.

On Saturday, a Palestinian was shot dead in in Daraa refugee camp during clashes.

In June, UNRWA's commissioner general described Palestinian refugee camps in Syria as "theaters of war."

"Killings, kidnappings, poverty, destruction and fear have become part of daily life," Filippo Grandi said.

More than half of the 530,000 Palestinian refugees registered in Syria have been displaced and 15 percent have fled abroad, including 60,000 to neighboring Lebanon and over 7,000 to Jordan.

In March, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said that over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Syria conflict, with that number thought to have increased significantly since then.
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