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        8/14/2011, Av 14, 5771

      UNRWA Expresses Concern about Latakia


      The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) expressed grave concern, Sunday evening about the heavy gunfire from Syrian security forces in and around the refugee camp situated in the El Ramel district of Latakia. A statement by UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness cited reports from the camp of "incoming fire from tanks which have encircled the area as well as fire from ships at sea. The camp itself has been hit and there are reports of deaths and casualties, though poor communications make it impossible to confirm numbers of those killed and injured."

      The statement continued, "UNRWA condemns all harm to civilian life. We call on the Syrian authorities to order their troops to exercise maximum restraint in accordance with international law and ensure that Palestinian refugees and all civilians are unharmed. We demand access for humanitarian workers to tend to the injured and dying and we demand unrestricted access for UNRWA so that the Agency can resume its full services in the camp which have been severely affected by the unrest."

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