Syria: Dozens dead in air strike on camp for displaced people
July 13, Damascus: Dozens of people have been killed and 40 others injured in air strikes on a camp for Syrian refugees near the country's border with Jordan.
It is unclear if the strikes on Tuesday at Hadalat, a makeshift camp for internally displaced people in Syria's southern desert, were carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes, reports said.
However, a senior Western diplomat confirmed the incident to Reuters news agency and said initial information was that several Russian jets conducted the raids.
According to activists, the camp was targeted because some people there have family members who belong to Asoud Al-Sharqiya, a US-backed rebel group operating out of Jordan.
The desolate strip, close to where the borders of Iraq, Syria and Jordan meet, has two major camps with a population of at least 60,000 people who have been stranded there since fleeing central and eastern Syria.
The refugees have been running out of food since the Jordanian army sealed the area, international relief workers and refugees said last month, Al Jazeera reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network