Syria bombs Palestinian camp

2012-12-16 16:12

Beirut - War planes bombarded a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus on Sunday for the first time since the start of Syria's more than 21-month conflict, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Warplanes staged an air strike on an area near Al-Bassel hospital... in Yarmuk camp, hurting several people," said the Observatory. According to initial reports cited by the watchdog, there may also have been people killed in the strike.

The air strike on Yarmuk was the sixth on Sunday on flashpoint districts in southern Damascus, the Britain-based watchdog said.

Warplanes also bombarded the nearby districts of Al-Hajar al-Aswad and Assali, scene of intense fighting between troops and rebels, it added.

"The army feels it has to step up its campaign to suppress the insurgency in southern Damascus, and that it cannot fight off rebels without resorting to air power," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

"As for the Palestinians, they are divided over the conflict, and are fighting on both sides," he added.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-16 16:29

    A PR dream... The States should now take out Syria and save face with the whole Israel disaster!

      jason.hoff.18 - 2012-12-17 11:07

      What is the "Israel disaster" Jimmy?

  • David - 2012-12-16 16:41

    Surgical or indiscriminate? Stupid of me to ask, because we all know the answer

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-16 18:35

      . A desperate deed by a psychopathic war criminal !!!

  • john.porter.92102 - 2012-12-16 17:03

    A Palestinian camp in Syria! This is the first I've heard of it. Where is the international outcry? Why haven't the Palestinians been calling for the destruction of Syria as illegitimate? Why hasn't Hamas been bombing Syria? No need to answer - we know the truth.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-16 17:08

      Palestinian refugees...fled from Israel, ended in a refugee camp in Syria. Don't worry, it's Sunday and tomorrow is a public holiday, you are excused.

      john.porter.92102 - 2012-12-16 17:43

      And what's your excuse Bobby.rosewood1 - stupid every day of the week? you clearly have no understanding of the word 'irony' and don't seem to recognise the double standards in the existence of a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria for the past 20 years! It seems that you, like the rest of the world, are quite happy for the Arabs to persecute their own people but have double standards when it comes to Israel.

      boom.baracus - 2012-12-16 20:01

      I agree 100%. Over 40,000 civilians murdered in Syria, and all you hear is Israel, Israel. Hypocrites.

      BacchusZA - 2012-12-16 20:28

      The Syrians have killed more of their own people in 12 months, and substantially more so, than all the casualties, on both sides, in the entire Arab-Israeli conflict going back 70 years. And that's taking 4 major wars, the Intifada (both of them), and several large scale incursions into Lebanon and Gaza into consideration. It does make you wonder about the emphasis placed on Israel, doesn't it?

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-12-16 17:25

    "And Nations shall not know war anymore" amazing that only the muslims seen to be at war with each other lately!. God have mercy on the children of war.

  • Rolene - 2012-12-17 06:42

    No UN Resolutions or international outcry? No accusations of human rights abuse and flouting of international law? Oh wait, Israel is not involved and so there is deathly silence.

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