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11 killed by rockets in Palestinian camp in Damascus: activists

Eleven people were killed Wednesday when rockets slammed a Palestinian refugees camp in Syria's capital Damascus, activists said.

The rockets landed at the Yarmouk Camp south of Damascus, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that five women were among the dead.

Clashes for control over the camp have flared recently as Palestinian Popular Committees, backed by Syrian government troops, are making their ways inside the camp to rid it of the armed opposition, reports said.

Pro-government media reports said the popular committees are making advancement inside the camp where the opposition militants are burning houses during their retreat to slow down the advancement of the committees and government troops.

Many of the camps' residents have fled their homes after the rebels stormed it earlier this year from nearby hotspots; namely Hajar al-Aswad and Tadamun.

There are around 550,000 Palestinians in Syria residing in nine major camps in Daraa, Damascus, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo, with some living in random clusters.

[Source: Xinhua, Damascus, 24Jul13]

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