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Syria forces in refugee camp battle
Three people reported dead in clashes in Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus.
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2008 19:49 GMT

At least three people have been killed during clashes between Syrian security forces and members of an unidentified armed group in a Palestinian refugee camp.

One Syrian police officer was among the dead after the fighting in the Yarmuk camp, about 15km south of the capital Damascus, according to local television reports.

"A clash took place between security forces and presumed terrorist elements in the Yarmuk camp, and two of them were killed and one wounded," Dunia, a private Syrian television channel, reported on Thursday.

"A Syrian policeman was also killed," it said.

"One of the men, who was wearing an explosives belt, was overpowered by the Syrian security forces," it said, quoting witnesses.

Television reports said that Iraqis and Saudis were among the suspects involved in the fighting.

The clashes follow an attack on September 27 near a security checkpoint and a Shia shrine on the road to the capital's international airport.

At least 17 people were killed and 14 others injured in the car bombing, which authorities blamed on "terrorists".  

About 424,650 Palestinian refugees are registered in Syria. Half of them live in 13 camps spread around the country. The Yarmuk camp is the largest with around 112,550 residents.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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