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Syrian Opposition Accuses Assad Regime of Gassing Yarmouk Refuge Camp in Damascus; 22 Dead

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The Jafra Palestinian Youth Center at the Yarmouk Camp in Syria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Times of Israel – A camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria has been bombed by chemical weapons, a Syrian opposition group based in Turkey said. The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces said Sunday that the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus had been gassed by regime forces amid heavy fighting. According to Israel Radio, at least 22 people were killed in the Sunday attack, the majority from inhalation of toxic gases, according to Palestinian sources cited in the report.

“[Bashar] Assad’s forces are using chemical and toxic gas bombs to shell the Yarmouk Palestinian Camp,” the opposition group said on its Facebook page. “The strategic, systematic use of chemical weapons in order to achieve military gains only proves the desperate state that Assad’s regime has reached.”

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