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Syrians Airstrike Kills Palestinian Refugees

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Government forces for the first time hit Syria's largest Palestinian refugee neighborhood with airstrikes on Sunday, killing at least eight people in the Yarmouk district of Damascus and driving dozens of formerly pro-government Palestinian fighters to defect to the rebels, fighters there said. For many Yarmouk residents -- refugees from conflict with Israel and their descendants -- the attacks shattered what was left of the Syrian government's claim to be a champion and protector of Palestinians.

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