Arab League urges int’l community to protect Palestinians in Syria
CAIRO: The Arab League called on Sunday the international community to intervene immediately to protect Palestinian refugees from ongoing infighting in Syria and not to drag them in the conflict.
The league said in a statement that it follows up anxiously the “deteriorating situations” from which these refugees are suffering.
It emphasized that 500,000 Palestinians are subject to inhuman attacks due to the current conflict there, especially after some groups broke into Syria’s Yarmouk Refugee Camp, where Palestinians live, two days ago.
The league referred that the refugees at the camp, including children, are the most affected ones, noting that infighting will jeopardize the lives of refugees amid tight blockage imposed on the camp.
The camp suffers from crippling shortages of food, medicine and fuel, it said, adding that about 2,648 Palestinian refugees have been killed so far since Syria’s crisis in 2011.
The league stressed that Palestinians are not a party to Syria’s current conflict, but they are guests on its territories until they return home.
The league also urged all parties to shoulder their responsibilities and provide aid to the Palestinians. The Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus, has been hit by infighting involving all warring parties at the camp.