UN: Thousands flee Palestinian refugee camp in Syria

August 15, 2011 20:31

Thousands of Palestinian refugees have fled a refugee camp in the Syrian city of Latakia, some fleeing gunfire and others leaving on orders from the Syrian authorities, a spokesman for the UN agency which cares for Palestinian refugees said on Monday.

"Between 5,000 and 10,000 have fled, we don't where these people are so it's very worrying," said Christopher Gunness, spokesman for the UNRWA agency. "We have a handful of confirmed deaths and nearly 20 injured," he added.

Residents of Latakia say al-Raml refugee camp has been among the targets hit by Syrian security forces which have been attacking areas where protesters have been demonstrating against the government.

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