Palestinian school children walk in front of the UNRWA offices at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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For Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, the reconciliation forged between leaders from the rival Fatah and Hamas movements in Palestine's Gaza Wednesday was greeted as an overdue prescription for a festering wound.Palestinians are interested in the possible effects the reconciliation might have on the Palestinian diaspora, the fortification of security in refugee camps, the possibility of obtaining civil and human rights, and the right of return.According to some Palestinian officials, reconciliation would give impetus to the unified Palestinian initiative in Lebanon. A memorandum of understanding with 19 points was signed by Palestinian factions last month and addresses the various aspects of the political, legal and security issues pertaining to Palestinians in Lebanon, and spells out the duties of both the Lebanese and the Palestinian authorities. A Hamas official in the Sidon area, Abu Ahmad Fadel, said his party welcomed the reconciliation, adding that there needed to be a unified Palestinian strategy to face the occupation of Palestine.According to Fadel, Israel and the United States were angered by the reconciliation because they were against Palestinian unity.
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