NEW YORK, 23rd October, 2016 (WAM) — The United Nations agency tasked with the well-being of Palestine refugees has condemned the killing of four Palestinians in a camp south of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
“We are deeply concerned about the situation of Palestine refugees in Khan Eshieh and the real risk of it becoming another Yarmouk,” said Chris Gunness, the spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
“UNRWA condemns this attack and the killing and wounding of all civilians including Palestine refugees,” the spokesperson said, calling on those responsible to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and demanded that the parties of the conflict do their utmost to protect civilian life in accordance with international law.
The Khan Eshieh camp, located in a rural area south of Damascus, has experienced intensified armed conflict since 17 May 2016. This has resulted in an increasing number of civilian casualties, including at least 31 Palestine refugees killed.