More than 3,000 Palestinians killed in Syria since 2011

More than 3,000 Palestinians killed in Syria since 2011
Thousands of Palestinians, including at least 200 children, have died in Syria since the start of the revolution in March 2011.
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03 May, 2016
Yarmouk witnessed massive protests against the regime in 2011 [Getty]
At least 3,191 Palestinians have been killed in Syrian since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, including hundreds who have died making the perilous journey across sea to Europe. 

The working group for Palestinians in Syria has documented the deaths of thousands, saying that 87 percent of the victims were civilians, including 200 Palestinian children.  

Most of the Palestinians came from Yarmouk, the largest Palestine refugee community in Syria, and were killed in the camp and surrounding areas.

The preliminary cause of death was regime bombing followed by sniper fire and death under torture by the regime.

There are also 1,064 Palestinians currently in Syrian prisons including 74 women.

The refugee camp in Damascus now only has around 8,000-10,000 residents remaining from a pre-war high of 250,000, since being besieged by the Syrian regime.  

The population is currently under threat by the Islamic State group after militants took control of the camp from al-Nusra, Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate.
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The Yarmouk area hosted some of the largest protests in the country against the regime in 2011.

Under the rule of Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez al-Assad, Syria was allied to the right-wing in Lebanon’s civil war who opposed the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Many consequently accused Hafez of complicity in the massacre and destruction of Tel al-Zaatar Palestinian refugee camp.