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Palestinian Association for Human Rights -Syria-Yarmouck Camp: continuous siege, arbitrary shelling and use of chemical gas

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  • Cort Greene
    http://syriafreedomforever.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/yarmouck-camp-continuous-siege-arbitrary-shelling-and-use-of-chemical-gas/#more-4063 Yarmouck Camp:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 23, 2013

      Yarmouck Camp: continuous siege, arbitrary shelling and use of chemical gas
      Posted on July 23,

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      Palestinian Association for Human Rights/Syria
      21 July 2013

      Yarmouck Camp: continuous siege, arbitrary shelling and use of chemical gas

      Since 17th of December 2012, Yarmouck Camp for Palestinian Refugees is
      undergoing a severe siege by Syrian regime�s forces and the fighter of
      �PFLP � General Command� the Palestinian loyal faction to the Syrian
      regime. This complete blockade was interpreted into a ban on any food,
      supplies or fuel into the camp, with the arbitrary shelling, this blockade
      led to the death of hundreds of civilians inside the camp, until the moment
      of writing this statement, 5 civilians were documented died in the last 24

      As per yesterday 20th of July 2013 the besieging forces escalated its
      attacks in an attempt to break into the camp, used toxic gas in targeting
      the camp according to eye witnesses from inside. Taking into consideration
      100.000 civilians besieged inside.
      According to the International Humanitarian Law which applies on the Syrian
      crisis, starvation of civilians intentionally by besieges and blockade is a
      crime, also according to article 8/Paragraph 25 of Rome Statute of the
      International Criminal Court:
      � Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by
      depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival, including
      willfully impeding relief supplies as provided for under the Geneva
      Taking into our consideration, the arbitrary shelling on Yarmouck Camp
      which put the life of thousands of civilians in danger and which violate
      the principles of Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
      especially Article 8/Paragraph 4: �The Extensive destruction and
      appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried
      out unlawfully and wantonly�
      As for the usage of Toxic Gas which another violation of many conventions
      is such as:
      - The United NationsConvention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW or CCWC)
      Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain
      Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to
      have Indiscriminate Effects
      - Geneva Protocol 1925
      For the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other
      Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare, Syria ratified on the
      convention on 1968
      We at The Palestinian Association for Human Rights/Syria, call the Syrian
      authorities to stop immediately its attacks on Yarmouck Camp, due to the
      presence of thousands of civilians inside it. We call as well the PLO
      (Palestinian Liberation Organization), UNRWA, and the International
      Committee of Red Cross to intervene and urge the Syrian authorities to stop
      its operations on Yarmouck Camp and to break the continuous siege.

      Palestinian Association for Human Rights/Syria
      21 July 2013

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