Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas chairs a PLO meeting.
(photo credit: FADI AROURI/REUTERS)
THE INVISIBLE VICTIMS OF THE SYRIAN WAR
Al-Araby al-Jadeed, London, August 4
“The Syrian war is one of the greatest travesties of our time. Hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent civilians are being butchered every single day while the world observes quietly from the side. Not a single country agreed to take action to prevent this holocaust, allowing Syrian men, women and children to be sent to their deaths at the hands of Bashar Assad’s regime and Islamic State.“Yet there is a population that is even more miserable than the average Syrian citizen. These are the Palestinian refugees in Syria. For years, they have been discriminated against, marginalized and left to the sidelines of society. When death and destruction struck the country six years ago, these communities were the first to pay the price. Unlike regular Syrian nationals, Palestinians are not allowed to leave Syria to seek refuge in neighboring states. Many of them don’t even have passports. Even Lebanon, where roughly one million Syrians have found shelter, does not permit entry to Palestinian Syrians. Palestinians have to enter the country as tourists and are therefore not privy to basic access to UN aid services.
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