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Five wounded in Lebanon refugee camp blast
Gunmen gather around the car damaged as a result of the explosion in Ain el-Hilweh, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
Gunmen gather around the car damaged as a result of the explosion in Ain el-Hilweh, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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SIDON, Lebanon: Five people including a 14-year-old were wounded in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh in south Lebanon Tuesday when a bomb exploded near the funeral procession of a Fatah member who was shot last week, sources at the camp said.

The bomb exploded behind a wall on a road leading to the location of the cemetery in Darb al-Seem, seconds before the funeral convoy arrived, the sources said.

Mohammad Abdel-Hamid, also known as Mohammad al-Saadi, and Abed al-Youssef, member of the Popular Front to Liberate Palestine, were shot south of the camp by a gunman Sunday.

Saadi was shot in the chest and later died of his wounds when he was transferred to Al-Rai Hospital in the southern coastal city of Sidon. Youssed died of his wounds hours after the shooting Sunday night.

A 14-year-old boy, Ibrahim Sarha, was wounded in the explosion along with the bodyguard of senior Fatah official Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Issa, better known as Lino, and two other people.

The bodyguard was identified as Saleh Dib.

Sources at the camp said the funeral convoy slowed down after hearing gunshots. The explosion occurred seconds afterward.

The explosion, which also damaged a parked vehicle, raised tensions in the camp as Palestinian leaders launched contacts to contain the situation.

Secretary of Fatah Movement Maher Shabayta said "the explosion could have caused a massacre if it hit the funeral procession had the latter not slowed down.”

Speaking to The Daily Star, Shabayta said the teenage boy’s leg was amputated, stating that "the boy was [suspiciously] too close to the place of the explosion."

“The injury of Lino’s bodyguard is not critical ... three others were slightly wounded and were not transported to a hospital,” he added.

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