The attack on Yarmouk is the first reported aerial attack of this scale on the camp since the popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted 21 months ago and evolved, after he tried to suppress protests using force, from peaceful protests into full-blown civil war.
Around 40,000 Syrians have died in the fighting and food shortages are beginning to take hold in parts of the country as clashes continue in various locations.
The Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad told Channel 4 News that the government is not targeting civilians but the international community is not convinced.
This evening in Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he believed the Syrian ruler would fall soon.
“I think the end is nearing for Bashar al-Assad,” Fabius told RFI radio, describing the attack on Yarmouk as scandalous.
“You have to ask yourself whether President Assad is not trying to enflame the region (through it),” the minister said.
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