UNRWA condemns mass displacement of Palestinian refugees in Syria

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Aleppo, Syria: A burnt out bus in an opposition-held area of Aleppo visited by the UN inter-agency convoy and SARC [Syrian Arab Red Crescent]. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Connell

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has condemned the conduct of armed conflict in civilian areas in Syria.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the agency also condemns the failure of all parties to the conflict to safeguard the safety and lives of Syrian and Palestinian civilians.

It says that Palestine refugees in Syria are being killed, injured and displaced in greater numbers than ever before, as the armed conflict continues to overwhelm refugee camps across the country.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) now estimates that 235,000 Palestine refugees have been displaced inside Syria. The agency is particularly concerned about news that was confirmation today on the displacement of some 6,000 Palestinians from Ein El Tal camp on 26 April. That's a Palestine refugee camp near Aleppo." (24")

UNRWA stresses that international humanitarian law obliges all parties to protect civilians and it demands that all parties fulfil this obligation.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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