Syria Conflict: Air Strikes hit Refugee Camp

Edited by Nelly Tawil

Almost 28 people perished in an air strike, which struck a Syrian refugee camp, near the Turkey border on Thursday, the British-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The group also said that around 50 people were injured in the attack.

Mamun al-Khatib, director of the Aleppo-based pro-rebel Shahba Press news agency, accused the regime of carrying out the attacks.

“Two regime aircraft fired four missiles on the camp in the village of Al-Kammouna,” he said.

“Two missiles fell near the camp causing people to panic and two more fell inside where a dozen tents caught fire.”

Mr Khatib mentioned the people in the camp had fled fighting in the north of Aleppo province.

A civil defense officer in Syria, Majd Khalaf said the number of casualties might go higher because so many people were injured. Eyewitnesses claim two jet fighters struck the camp, as quoted by the civil defense team interviews.

The United Nations’ top aid official immediately demanded an investigation into the air strikes.

“If this obscene attack is found to be a deliberate targeting of a civilian structure, it could amount to a war crime,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs.