Syrian Fighter Jets Bomb Refugee Camp

Syrian Fighter Jets Bomb Refugee Camp, Several Killed

Syrian fighter jets bombed a refugee camp in the capital of Damascus on Sunday, according to a report by activists. The number of people killed or injured in the attack is not yet clear.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group, puts the death toll at at least eight people, but Reuters is reporting that dozens were killed.

Opposition groups have said that those killed at the al-Yarmouk camp, which houses both Palestinian and Syrian refugees, were sheltering in a mosque while the fighting raged around them.

An unverified video of the attack has been posted to YouTube and shows several dead bodies, which are reportedly shown sprawled in the street and on the steps of the mosque. The Syrian Observatory stated that the attack on the refugee camp was the sixth site in southern Damascus to be attacked on Sunday, according to the BBC.

There are about 500,000 Palestinians in Syria right now, but Yarmouk is the largest refugee camp for the people group. It is also not the first time the camp has been attacked. More than 20 were killed in August when a mortar attack took place at the camp.

Along with the bombing on the refugee camp, an Islamist rebel group announced it captured a military installation near Aleppo. A statement from the group, the Tawheed Brigade, added that it had taken “at least 100” prisoners in the attack. If the loss of the base can be confirmed, it would be the latest in a series of setbacks for government forces fighting rebels in the area.

There were at least two rockets fired in the attack on the refugee camp Sunday, according to activists.

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