Khaled Mashaal
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Ahmed Jibril
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Mashaal visit sparks riot in Syrian refugee camp
Visit by Palestinian resistance leaders to Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus turns bloody as mass riot against them. Reports on casualties conflicting

The Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus was the site of a riot Monday evening, after infuriated mourners lashed out at Palestinian leaders attending the funerals of "Naksa Day" fatalities.


According to the Arab-language Syrian website "Bokra," Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal was among those caught in the fray, as well as Popular Front General Command (PFLP-GC) Head Ahmed Jibril and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine politburo member Maher al-Taher.


Sources in the refugee camp said the masses were shouting out against the Palestinian leaders and clashed with local security forces, which reportedly fired into the crowds just seconds before.



Reports of possible casualties in the riots and their numbers were conflicting.


The skirmish apparently began after security forces' fire injured two mourners. Clashes are reportedly still ongoing and local clergymen are attempting to broker a lull.


In is unclear at this time whether Syrian security forces have entered the camp to quash the riot.




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