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Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Heniyeh decided on Sunday to offer financial assistance and housing units to Palestinian refugees fleeing the conflict in war-torn Syria.
Every family returning from Syria will be offered a one-time $500 in urgent assistance, an apartment in the Qatari-funded Sheikh Hamad housing project, and free education for their children, Haniyeh said.
He also promised a job for a member of each family fleeing the Syria war.
"The arrival of Syria-based Palestinians in Gaza does not mean that they would settle here. All Palestinians would return to their original home towns, including Ramla, Haifa and Yafa [inside Israel now]," Haniyeh insisted.
Around 581,000 Palestinian refugees were based in Syria before the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, according to UN figures.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians have fled the country to Lebanon and Jordan, while few hundreds made their way to Gaza.
Syria has been in the throes of conflict since March 2011.
A peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has escalated into a civil war following a violent government crackdown.
According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far.Last Mod: 17 Kasım 2013, 16:08