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Four Palestinians killed in Syria camp

2011-06-07 20:04

Damascus - Four people were killed at the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital on Monday after the funerals of nine people killed by Israeli fire on the Golan Heights, witnesses said.

They said two people were shot by militants of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, and the PFLP-GC said two of its people were also killed.

Parents of those killed on the Golan blamed the heads of Palestinian groups based in Damascus, in particular PFLP-GC chief Ahmed Jibril, the witnesses said.

"Members of the PFLP-GC opened fire, killing two Palestinians," one resident of the camp said.

The group issued a statement saying that two of its senior men were also killed, naming them as central committee member Nasser Mubarak and Khaled al-Rayyan, an administrator.

The PFLP-GC in a statement accused "suspect groups... motivated by hostile feelings towards the resistance" of attacking Palestinian leaders.

"These plotters took advantage of the funerals to try to attack Maher Taher, the PFLP representative in Syria, and to try to attack the PFLP-GC headquarters, but our guards prevented them from doing so," it said.

Syrian state television said 23 people were killed and 350 wounded on Sunday when Israeli troops shot at protesters marking the anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israel's military said it counted 10 protesters dead adding that none of them were killed by Israeli fire.

The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank condemned the PFLP-GC for shooting at the protesters in Yarmuk.

"The leadership firmly rejects any justification or pretext for this criminal and cowardly act, this indiscriminate killing, which contravenes fundamental Palestinian national traditions," it said in a statement.

Fatah central committee member Jamal Mayssen told Voice of Palestine radio that the PFLP-GC should "review its policies as similar incidents have already occurred in the refugee camps in Lebanon.

"This issue should be also discussed by the PLO Executive Committee given that the PFLP-GC is one of its members. Taking deterrent measures is inevitable to avoid the recurrence of such regrettable incidents," he said.