"BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- At least 18 Palestinians were killed Thursday and their bodies displayed publicly in Damascus, PLO officials in the capital's largest refugee camp said.
The PLO office in Yarmouk said the Syrian regime
"committed a massacre" against Palestinians in the camp. Bodies were found
mutilated and charred, it said.
PLO secretary-general Yasser Abed Rabbo
denounced the killings.
"We reject any justification or allegations
invoked by the Syrian regime army about this massacre which includes torture,
killing, and assassination,"Abed Rabbo said.
"Moreover, such types of
crimes need to be condemned internationally. Syria faces unprecedented massacres
against Syrian people as well as Palestinians," he said.
killings were the latest in a string of attacks targeting Palestinians. At least
10 refugees were killed in the Yarmouk a day earlier, activists in the camp
An activist in Yarmouk, where rebels have been hiding out in
recent days, said tanks and soldiers had sealed all the entrances. Hundreds of
soldiers were searching the area on foot and on trucks mounted with heavy
"We are trapped here. Only children and older men or women
can leave. Young men, who could be rebels or activists, and even young women,
who could also be activists, are stuck inside," an activist called Abu Salam
told Reuters on Skype......"