SIDON, Lebanon: Tensions remained high in the Ain el-Hilweh Refugee Camp in Sidon Saturday after relatives of a Fatah party member who was killed a day earlier blocked a major road in the camp and demanded a day of mourning for the deceased.
The relatives forced several stores to shut in one neighborhood and used burning tires to block the road leading to that area, demanding life in the camp come to a standstill for Musaad Hujeir's burial ceremony.
The protesters also prevented people from entering the vegetable market, the Palestinian camp's center of commerce. Hujeir’s residence is located near the market.
Hujeir, also a member of the Joint Palestinian Security Force commissioned by the Palestinian factions in the camp to control the area's internal security situation, was killed at around 3 p.m. Friday. An unidentified man shot Hujeir in the head before fleeing the scene.
In response to the killing, Fatah members went on high alert as Hujeir's relatives blocked roads to denounce the incident which came less than a week after an assassination attempt within the camp on a former member of the Jund al-Sham militant group, Hussein Yaacoub, known as al-Iraqi.
Palestinian sources close to the issue did not exclude the possibility that the incident was directly related to the shooting that targeted al-Iraqi last week, since several Jund al-Sham fighters had accused Hujeir of involvement in that attack.