16 Aug 2011

Refugees flow camp under shellfire - UNRWA

6:51 am on 16 August 2011

A United Nations agency says thousands of Palestinian refugees are fleeing a camp in the Syrian port of Latakia which is being shelled by government troops.

The United Nations Relief & Works Agency says more than 5000 of the10,000 refugees are on the move.

Some 30 people have reportedly died in Latakia in a three-day military attack.

The attack on Latakia began on Saturday, a day after mass anti-government protests in the city. Syrian warships joined the attack on Sunday, firing shells on the city.

The Syrian regime says it is tackling gangs.