BEIRUT: Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabbour said Monday militants from the Islamic State of 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,” Dabbour said in reference to the 150-strong elite force tasked with maintaining security inside the troubled Palestinian refugee camp.
Speaking following a meeting with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Dabbour said the security plan would extend to cover all Palestinian camps soon and 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.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 12, 2014, on page 3.