By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
PHOTO: REUTERS/ABDALGHNE KAROOF
BEIRUT – Syrian fighter jets rocketed the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 25 people sheltering in a mosque in an area where Syrian rebels have been trying to advance on the capital, opposition activists said.
They said the deathsresulted from a rocket hitting a mosque in the camp, to which refugees have fled from other fighting in nearby suburbs of Damascus. It was the first reported aerial attack on the camp since the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted last year.
Yarmouk, in southern Damascus, is part of an arc sweeping from the east to southwest of the Syrian capital where Assad’s forces have been trying for several weeks to push back rebels from the gates of his power base.
A video posted on Youtube shows bodies and body parts scattered on the stairs of what appears to be the mosque.
Syria is the home of more that 500,000 Palestinian refugees, most of them living in Yarmouk. Assad’s government and Syrian rebels have enlisted and armed Palestinians refugees during the 21-month uprising, which has escalated into a civil war….
What? Muslims killing Muslims sheltering in a mosque? Outrageous! I demand that the UN at the very least send a strongly worded letter to the Syrian leadership! –ed.