BEIRUT: Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil met with Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabbour, who assured the minister that militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria were not present in the Palestinian refugee camps.
“ISIS is not in the camps; there are other groups, but the security plan in Ain al-Hilweh ... won’t allow any group to meddle with the camps or the security [of areas] in the vicinity,” said Dabbour, in reference to the 150-strong elite force tasked with maintaining security inside the troubled Palestinian refugee camp.
Dabbour also said that the security plan would extend to cover all Palestinian camps soon and that the high degree of coordination with the Lebanese authorities allowed for the protection of all the camps.
“We are working in all fields, in a united method and mentality, for the preservation of the stability and security of Lebanon ... as well as the preservation of stability and security of our refugee camps,” Dabbour said.
The Palestinian ambassador said that the camps would never become a thorn in the side of Lebanese security but would rather be a positive factor in the country’s stability.
Dabbour said the elite force, which launched on July 8, was comprised of all the Palestinian factions and all the camp's residents supported their efforts.