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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
14 August 2011



UNRWA gravely concerned about heavy gun fire into the refugee camp in the Syrian port city of Latakia

Statement by UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness

الأونروا تشعر بقلق بالغ حيال إطلاق النار الكثيف في مخيم للاجئين في مدينة اللاذقية الساحلية في سورية
تصريح صادر عن الناطق الرسمي للأونروا كريس غانيس


14 August 2011

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, is gravely concerned about reports of heavy gunfire from Syrian security forces into the Palestinian refugee camp situated in the El Ramel district and surrounding areas of Latakia, including heavy fire from gunboats. Reports from various sources indicate deaths and casualties among the Palestinian refugee population, although poor communications make it impossible to confirm the exact number of dead and injured.

UNRWA condemns the use of force against civilians. We call on the Syrian authorities to order their security forces to exercise utmost restraint in accordance with international law and ensure that all civilians including Palestinian refugees are unharmed. We demand expeditious and unhindered access for humanitarian workers to tend to the injured and dying. In addition we demand unhindered access for UNRWA so that the Agency can resume its full services in the camp which have been severely affected by the unrest.


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For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267

c.gunness@unrwa.org


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