UNRWA: A quarter-million Palestinians displaced in Syrian civil war thus far

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) now estimates that approximately 235,000 Palestinian refugees have been displaced due to the civil war in Syria. In a statement to the press this week, UNRWA reported that on April 26, no fewer than 6,000 Palestinians had been displaced from Ein El Tal, a Palestinian refugee camp some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Aleppo in northern Syria.

According to UNRWA:

Mortars and small arms were reportedly used, damaging and destroying refugee homes and contributing to dozens of fatalities and injuries, including among Palestinian civilians. In the aftermath of the fighting, a number of young Palestine refugee men were reportedly taken away by the armed opposition groups who now remain in Ein El Tal camp, where a situation of high tension prevails.

Several months ago the PLO estimated that over 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, had been killed as a result of the fighting, but this number has since risen considerably.

30 Palestinians killed last week in Syria
Five Palestinian children killed in Syria