Thousands of people fled a Palestinian 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.RELATED:Turkey issues 'final word' to Syria over civilian deathsYalla Peace: It's an ‘Arab Winter’ when it comes to SyriaEditorial: Endless catastrophe
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 of Syrian
President Bashar Assad.
The Palestinian Authority on Monday called on Damascus to safeguard the lives of Palestinian refugees.
Abu Rdaina, a Palestinian Authority spokesman, called on "the Syrian
authorities to take measures which prevent the violation of the lives of
Palestinian refugees in al-Raml camp in Latakia", the official WAFA
The spokesman added that the Palestinian policy
was not to interfere in the internal affairs of Arab states, adding "the
future of the regimes is in the hands of their people", WAFA reported.