Fatah official calls for equal treatment of Palestinian and Syrian refugees
Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed has called on donors to treat Palestinians who fled Syria the same way as Syrian refugees.
Al-Ahmed, the member of the central committee of the Palestinian Fatah movement, told Al Arabiya’s “Point of Order” with Hasan Muawad that Palestinian refugees have lost their income and that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA have suffered limited resources.
He also said that Palestinians refugees in Syria, especially in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, are living in difficult conditions.
More than 150,000 Palestinians fled the Yarmouk camp and are scattered in Syria, while 60,000 fled to Lebanon and 7,000 to Jordan, in addition to thousands who fled to Europe and Australia, said al-Ahmed.
Referring to the presence of arms in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, al-Ahmed said that an agreement with the Lebanese authorities similar to the one made in camps in Jordan and other Arab countries has to be reached if the Lebanese authorities can provide security for the refugees.
“If the Lebanese authorities want us to deliver the arms in the camps we will do it,” he said.
The Fatah official also said that some parties in Lebanon are trying to exploit the Palestinian camps and link them to the interior Lebanese conflict as well as the conflict in Syria.