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News, November 2013
International Workshop on the Situation of Palestinian Refugees of Syria in Istanbul
November 12, 2013
A “Workshop on the situation of Palestinian refugees of Syria” was held on Monday in Istanbul organized by the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) and the Action Group for the Palestinians in Syria (AGPS), in addition to the Turkish Assembly of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (Vidar).
Dr. Tareq Hamoud, the coordinator of AGPS, has stated during the workshop that there are great efforts made in support of Palestinian refugees in Syrian but they are not enough in light of their difficult humanitarian situation in refugee camps.
He stressed the need for an urgent intervention to document the crimes committed against them especially that there is no official party doing this job.
Majed Al-Zeer, head of PRC, stated that the Palestinian refugees' plight dates back to the Israeli occupation of their lands from which they were displaced and expelled.
Palestinian refugees' suffering in Syria is part of the Palestinian refugees' suffering around the world, he added, saying that the official dereliction has deepened and doubled their plight and led to tragic scenes in Italy and Malta and other places.
For its part, the Turkish Assembly of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (Vidar) pointed out to the difficulties faced by Palestinian refugees to obtain residence permits. Various problems have obliged Palestinian refugees to flee illegally to European countries, it stated, vowing to continue following up their plight.
As a guest of Honor, Bulent Yildrim, head of the Turkish charity IHH that sponsored the June 2010 Gaza Flotilla, called on Palestinian leaders topped by Meshaal and Abbas to coordinate with Turkish authorities to facilitate the Palestinian refugees' entry to Turkey.
He confirmed that his organization will always be in support of the Palestinian cause and people.
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