20 Palestinians killed in Syria attack

August 3rd, 2012 - 8:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Damascus, Aug 3 (IANS/AKI) At least 20 Palestinians died near Damascus Friday when government forces fired mortar rounds into a refugee camp near the capital, al-Arabiya news channel reported.

Overnight fighting between government and rebel forces intensified Friday in Tadamun neighbourhood in the capital, the news channel said.

Around 20,000 people have died since anti-government protests sparked off 17 months ago.

The UN and western nations, including the US, blame President Bashar al-Assad’s military for most of the violence. The Syrian government says the deaths were caused primarily by “terrorists” and their foreign supporters.

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