Mahmoud Abbas offers to take Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria war
RAMALLAH: The Palestinian president said he was ready to take in Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.
Mahmoud Abbas said he had asked UN chief Ban Ki-moon to help in bringing the refugees to the Palestinian territories.
This could include the West Bank, where Abbas governs, or the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
The request was reported Wednesday by the official Wafa news agency. It follows an attack by Syrian warplanes against a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.
The statement said there are 450,000 Palestinian refugees living in 10 camps in Syria.
Abbas said the biggest camp, Yarmouk, ”has been through a difficult situation due to the escalating conflict in Syria”.
Any movement of refugees into the West Bank would need the consent of Israel. Israel’s Foreign Ministry had no comment.