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.