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PFLP-GC: Thousands from Yarmouk camp have fled to Sweden

Oct. 12, 2013 7:28 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 11:14 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Twenty-three thousand Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria have fled to Sweden since the war started, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command said Saturday.

PFLP-GC military leader Khalid Jibril said in a statement that the suffering in Yarmouk has been largely due to the presence of Syrian opposition forces within the camp.

"More than a third of the camp is under the control of the opposition," he said.

The PFLP-GC, a militant organization that has been operating in Syria for decades, has been an active force on the side of the Assad regime since 2012.

Separately, Fatah leader Abbas Zaki told Ma'an Wednesday that Yarmouk's population of 250,000 has dwindled to 18,000 after two and a half years of conflict in Syria.

Over 700,000 Palestinian refugees were forcibly displaced from Palestine as a result of the Arab-Israeli war and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

According to UNRWA, there are over 5 million registered Palestinian refugees.
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