Syria Bombs Refugee Camp

Unknown number dead in Damascus refuge for Palestinians

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 16, 2012 8:42 AM CST

(Newser) – Fighter jets belonging to the regime of Bashar al-Assad have bombed a Damascus refugee camp today amid heavy fighting with rebels. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tells the BBC that at least eight are dead in the al-Yarmouk refugee camp, which is home to mainly Palestinian refugees; Reuters, meanwhile, reports that dozens were killed. An unverified video posted online showed bodies in the street, and in a mosque where refugees had reportedly been seeking shelter.

In this file photo from Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, bodies lie in the street after mortars rained down on a crowded marketplace in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.
In this file photo from Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, bodies lie in the street after mortars rained down on a crowded marketplace in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)
A police station sits gutted after fighting in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, July 21, 2012.
A police station sits gutted after fighting in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, July 21, 2012.   (AP Photo)
In this file photo, a man surveys a street damaged after fighting in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, July 21, 2012.
In this file photo, a man surveys a street damaged after fighting in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, July 21, 2012.   (AP Photo)
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