Syria denies entry to Palestinians from Iraq

After allowing in scores of Palestinians fleeing violence in Iraq but denied entry into Jordan, Syria is banning the entry of other Palestinians coming directly from Iraq, a foreign ministry source said Tuesday. The source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the earlier decision to accept Palestinians stranded on the Iraqi-Jordanian border "does not cover any other Palestinians." The ban on others appeared designed to discourage the estimated 34,000 Palestinians who live in Iraq from attempting to leave for Syria, already home to about 500,000 Palestinians.