Rebels fight pro-Assad Palestinians in Damascus suburb
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Rebels fight pro-Assad Palestinians in Damascus suburb

Palestinian refugees' loyalty split between Syrian regime, opposition

Civilians walk past vehicles destroyed by fighting between rebels and Syrian troops in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in south Damascus, Syria, in 2012. (photo credit: AP)
Civilians walk past vehicles destroyed by fighting between rebels and Syrian troops in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in south Damascus, Syria, in 2012. (photo credit: AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say fighting between Syrian rebels and an armed group of Palestinians loyal to President Bashar Assad is raging inside a Damascus refugee camp.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says heavy battles are under way Tuesday in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in southern Damascus.

The Observatory says the fighting is forcing Palestinian refugees and Syrians who came to Yarmouk to escape violence elsewhere in the country to flee the camp.

When the revolt against Assad’s rule unrest began in March 2011, the half-million-strong Palestinian community in Syria tried to stay on the sidelines.

As the civil war deepened, most Palestinians backed the rebels, though some groups — such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command — have been fighting on the government side.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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