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WASHINGTON – The United Nations says jihadists are entering Syria at an accelerated pace, with other observers confirming that the Palestinian camps there have become “optimal locales” for al-Qaida-affiliated groups setting up bases, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
“Syria’s Palestinian camps have become theaters of war,” said United Nations Relief and Work Agency Commissioner Filippo Grandi.
In all, there are about 10 official U.N.-mandated Palestinian camps, with three unofficial ones, with a total population of some 230,000 refugees.
Informed observers say that seven of the camps now are under the control of Salafi jihadists, particularly the Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida offshoot group comprised of foreign fighters who have infiltrated into the Syrian opposition.
Among the observers, there is concern over how the foreign fighters were able to take over more than half of the Palestinian camps.
They say that the al-Nusra approach is similar to the way Fatah al-Islam, another al-Qaida group, infiltrated the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian camp near Tripoli in Lebanon.
Many of the camp’s residents were forced to flee to a neighboring Palestinian camp when hostilities took place.
Fatah al-Islam fighters engaged in a three-month gun battle with Lebanese Army forces, which brought about the near destruction of the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian camp.
The method of al-Nusra’s infiltration was characterized by a woman who said that the members first appeared only a few in number. Some had “foreign” accents and wore conservative clothes. Most had beards. She relayed the account to international lawyer, Franklin Lamb, who emailed it to WND.
“They were polite and friendly,” she said. “Then more arrived, a few followed by women and children. They stayed to themselves at first and they began using the local mosque – even being welcomed at first by local sheiks who sometimes expressed admiration for the sincerity and devoutness.
“Then some of them began to preach their versions of the Quran, and at some point their gentle teaching became more strident, and soon these men were commenting on how some of the Palestinian women dressed in an un-Islamic fashion and even lectured young women about modesty and that they must change their ways, including stop smoking and to leave public meetings if they were the only women present and wear a full hijab,” she said.
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