3 Palestinians killed in airstrike on Syrian refugee camp
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3 Palestinians killed in airstrike on Syrian refugee camp

Khan Eshieh, outside Damascus, has seen heavy fighting in recent days as Russian planes back Syrian troops against rebels

An alleged Russian airstrike at the Khan Eshieh refugee camp in southern Syria, May 2016 (screen capture: YouTube)
An alleged Russian airstrike at the Khan Eshieh refugee camp in southern Syria, May 2016 (screen capture: YouTube)

Three Palestinians were killed by apparent Russian airstrikes on Monday in a refugee camp near Damascus, an aid group said.

Overnight strikes killed three Palestinians and injured at least five others in the Khan Eshieh refugee camp, according to the Jafra Foundation, a relief organization supporting Palestinian refugees.

Several civilian homes were damaged in the strike, as was a social services center, according to a report by Palestinian news site Ma’an.

A few days ago at least six residents were killed in the same camp by Russian bombs, including a 7-year-old child, according to reports.

Housing some 12,000 Palestinian refugees, including 3,000 children, Khan Eshieh has seen heavy fighting in recent days, as Russian airstrikes in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad seem to have targeted the camp, according to Al Jazeera.

Roads in and out of the area have been closed due to the increase in fighting, the news outlet reported.

Before the conflict in Syria began five years ago, the camp was home to some 20,000 refugees, many of whom were well-educated teachers or civil servants, according to UNRWA, the UN agency tasked with supporting Palestinian refugees,.

According to the agency, some 450,000 Palestinian refugees remain in Syria, with 430,000 of them in need of humanitarian assistance.

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