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Syria rejects attempts to involve Palestinian refugees in crisis

English.news.cn   2012-11-08 05:33:09            

DAMASCUS, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian administration would " firmly" stand against any attempts to thrust the Palestinian refugees in Syria in the current crisis, the state-run SANA news agency cited a statement of foreign ministry as warning on Wednesday.

The ministry's remarks have come amid daily reports of clashes between local Palestinian committees and the armed rebels in Palestinian camps in Syria's capital Damascus.

In the statement, the ministry said the "armed terrorist groups " have over the past few days increased their terrorist acts against the Palestinian camps in Damascus and the southern province of Daraa, adding that those attacks have claimed the lives of innocent Palestinians.

"Syria has never hesitated in offering financial and human sacrifices for the Palestinians in order to attain their legitimate rights," said the statement.

The ministry urged all Palestinian groups to get away from what the armed groups are planning to carry out.

During the 20-month-old crisis, Syrian-born Palestinian refugees have found themselves caught in the middle of the conflict after trying for long to distance themselves from the bloody quagmire.

The Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in Damascus has been hit several times in the process of the ongoing clashes between the armed rebels and the government troops in adjacent conflict- hardened districts.

More than 30 Palestinians have been killed since last week after multiple shell bombs slammed their residential blocs in the camp of Yarmouk.

After having lived in Syria since 1948, when Israel was created, the Palestinian refugees have blended in the Syrian society and become part of its fabric, thus their destiny does not differ from the fate of their fellow Syrians.

The murder machine does not spare them in light of the mounting use of weaponry in a country that has been wracked by a protracted unrest that has turned into bloody violence and put the country on the edge of a civil and sectarian rift.

Media reports have lately talked about the formation of a Palestinian brigade to fight with the "rebels" under the umbrella of the "Free Army", in order to stand in the face of the popular committees in the Yarmouk refugee camp that were set up by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- General Command ( PFLP-GC), known for its pro-government stands.

Hence, it is no longer a secret to tell that many parties are seeking to use the Palestinian card in the raging conflict in Syria.

The intense clashes in Yarmouk have been raging on since more than a week.

Earlier in the day, the PFLP-GC held Qatar responsible for the killing of eight of its members whom, it said, had been killed by the rebels Syrian Free Army (FSA).

In a statement, the PFLP-GC said the FSA had kidnapped the eight people from the Yarmouk camp on Wednesday, executing them and mutilating their bodies.

It added that Qatar shoulders the full responsibility for their murder "as it renders funding and weapons to terrorist groups and works insistently to thrust the Palestinian camps in the Syrian crisis."

The PFLP-GC and the Syrian government are on the same page, regarding their accusation to regional and international players of playing a dirty role in the bloody crisis in Syria.

On Tuesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry charged that the countries that funds and arm terrorists are responsible for the terrorist acts that hit the country.

In a letter directed to the Chairman of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General, the ministry said according to the international law, countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Turkey, Britain, France and the United States, which provide terrorist groups with funds and weapons, are the accomplice in the crimes committed in Syria.

The Ministry reiterated Syria's demands that the Security Council play its role in condemning international terrorism and forcing certain countries to cease their arming, funding and harboring of terrorist groups.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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