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2 Palestinians killed, elderly woman dies of cold in Syria

Dec. 17, 2013 11:08 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2013 1:32 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian refugees were killed in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus as a result of the ongoing clashes in Syria and an elderly woman died from exposure to cold, according to a Palestinian group.

The Workforce for Palestinians in Syria said in a statement received by Ma'an Wednesday, that Yousif al-Khateeb and Muatasim Abdul-Ghani were killed Tuesday evening as a result of shelling in the Yarmouk camp. Several others were injured, and material damages were reported.

The report highlighted that several Palestinian families were forced to leave their homes in al-Huseiniyya refugee camp after the Syrian regime forces occupied the camp 67 days ago following fierce clashes with rebels of the Free Army. A majority of the residents fled to neighboring outskirts.

Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk, Deraa, al-Huseiniyya, Khan al-Sheikh and al-Aedin refugee camps have been suffering during the winter storm which hit the Middle East this week, while those Palestinian refugees who have fled to other countries have suffered in poorly-equipped makeshift refugee camps.

The main problems faced by refugees is the lack of fuel, gas and electricity for heating, in addition to the violence from the ongoing Syrian civil war.

More than 1,500 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Syria conflict, and around 250,000 Palestinian refugees have been forced to leave their refugee camps in Syria due to violence in the country.

Prior to the conflict, 600,000 Palestinian refugees lived in Syria.

Between 7-800,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes inside Israel during the 1948 conflict that led to the creation of the State of Israel, and today their descendants number around five million, spread across the world.
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