15 Civilians Killed in Damascus Refugee Camp Clashes

Rocket Fired by Pro-Assad PFLP

15 Palestinian civilians were killed today when a rocket fired by troops loyal to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hit a bakery on the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

The camp has been an on-again, off-again site of fighting in the Syrian Civil War, where the pro-Assad PFLP once ran the camp, but has increasingly been displaced by other factions loyal to the Syrian rebels.

When the camp was lost, a lot of Palestinian refugees fled abroad, but as the Syrian military has recovered territory around Damascus, the PFLP seems keen to retake control over the camp as well. It’s a battle that is going to be tough, and bloody.

As always it’s the civilian refugees trapped in the camp that suffer the most. Large numbers of the refugees are still in Lebanon from the last time the camp exploded in fighting, and more are sure to follow as the next round escalates. In the end, whichever side has the camp will get exactly that, a mostly-empty camp.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.