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Divisions Increase Among Palestinian Factions in Syria

Rifts in Fatah al-Intifada have emerged as support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime ebbs and flows throughout various Palestinian refugee groups in Syria and Lebanon, writes Mohammad Harfoush.
Palestinian children who were living in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp before fleeing Syria, hold up banners during a protest in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Beirut January 17, 2013. Banners read, "The International Committee of the Red Cross is the conscience of the international community towards refugees" (R) and "Why the international community miserly to some places, and generous in some others?".  REUTERS/Sharif Karim (LEBANON - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITI
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A rift has widened within the Palestinian factions supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, following the crisis in Syria and the developments in the Yarmouk refugee camp.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), led by Ahmad Jibril, has seen strong internal disagreement that has caused a split and the subsequent formation of the Free Popular Front. The division was contagious, and shortly thereafter infected the Fatah al-Intifada movement led by Said al-Muragha, also known as Abu Moussa, who died on Jan. 29.

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