PLO official accuses Syria of crimes against humanity

By REUTERS
August 16, 2011 14:24

RAMALLAH, West Bank - An assault by Syrian security forces on a Palestinian refugee camp in the coastal city of Latakia amounts to a crime against humanity, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization said.

"The shelling is taking place using gunships and tanks on houses built from tin, on people who have no place to run to or even a shelter to hide in," Yasser Abed Rabbo, the PLO secretary general, told Reuters. "This is a crime against humanity."

UNRWA, the United Nations agency that cares for Palestinian refugees, said on Monday that between 5,000 and 10,000 people had fled the al-Raml refugee camp in Latakia.

Residents of Latakia say Syrian security forces have been targeting areas where demonstrators have been protesting against President Bashar Assad's rule.


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