Syrian Plane Strikes Refugees
Warplanes have bombarded a district housing Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital for the first time since the anti-regime uprising began, activists have said. Initial reports on Sunday suggested that a mosque sheltering people who had fled violence in nearby suburbs was hit and several people were killed. Video posted online, purporting to show the aftermath, showed several bodies and destruction. Yarmouk is a residential area where Palestinians and Syrians from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have lived for decades. Since violence intensified in and around Damascus in summer, residents from nearby neighbourhoods which have seen intense fighting between rebels and government troops have taken shelter in the area.