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UNRWA: 4 Palestinian children killed in attack on Syria refugee camp

May 17, 2019 11:08 A.M. (Updated: May 19, 2019 1:03 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), on Thursday, condemned the killing of 10 Palestinian civilians, including four children, during rocket fire on the Palestinian refugee camp of Neirab near Aleppo City in Syria.

Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria, Amanya Michael Ebye, said, “On Tuesday night, as families gathered to break their fasts for the Ramadan Iftar meal, several rockets hit the densely populated Neirab camp for Palestine refugees in Aleppo, killing at least ten civilians and wounding more than thirty.”

The statement added, “Among those killed were four children, the youngest just six years old. A number of the injured remain in critical condition.”

Ebye pointed out that the ongoing hostilities around the Neirab camp and the ensuing deteriorating security situation have forced UNRWA to suspend the six schools that it runs within the camp, impacting more than 3,000 children.

“Funerals took place throughout the night of Tuesday, and shops and services were closed on Wednesday in mourning. While UNRWA has opened its schools in Neirab camp, on Thursday, it does so with the sad knowledge that three of its students will not be joining the final preparations for the end-of-year exams.”

UNRWA condemned “the killing and wounding of all civilians, including Palestine refugees” and called on “all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law, namely in taking all precautionary measures to ensure the protection of civilians during hostilities.”

“The dramatic escalation in hostilities in north-western Syria leaves UNRWA concerned for an estimated 10 to 20,000 Palestine refugees who are displaced in that area. We join calls by other humanitarian actors in Syria for an end to the terrible suffering of civilians.”

Located about 13 km to the east of Aleppo, Neirab camp is one of the most densely populated camps for Palestine refugees in Syria, and it is home to 18,000 residents. The camp has been affected by various levels of hostilities throughout this eight-year long conflict.

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