The dirty little secret is that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been living in filthy refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan for decades, and they are not permitted to become citizens or own land in those countries. Yet they call Israel an apartheid state.
SBS Warplanes have bombarded a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus for the first time since the start of Syria’s more than 21-month conflict, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 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.
Clashes also erupted in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in the south of the capital between rebels and troops backed by pro-regime Palestinian fighters, the Observatory reported.
The outskirts of Damascus have been at the heart of fighting this month as the regime launches operations to reclaim territory within eight kilometres of the city.
At least 24 rebel fighters, including Abu Furat, a top rebel commander in the province of Aleppo, and 20 regime troops were killed in the battle for the academy on Saturday.