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Machnouk slams arms in internal Palestinian strife

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks during a press conference in Sidon, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk criticized Tuesday the use of weapons in internal Palestinian strife and said Lebanon has a responsibility to protect Palestinian refugees.

"Palestinian arms have harmed intra-Palestinian relations. They only bring trouble and fuel bloodshed,” Machnouk said following a security meeting in the southern city of Sidon.

“The Lebanese state is the real protector of Palestinians,” he added.

Rival Palestinian groups have clashed recently in the impoverished Ain al-Hilweh camp outside Sidon and elsewhere.

At least eight people were killed, including the commander of a Palestinian armed group, in clashes that broke out in the Mieh Mieh refugee camp near Ain al-Hilweh earlier this month.

 

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