A Fatah member stands guard at the entrance of the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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One of the most influential preachers in the Palestinian camp near Sidon and the head of the Islamic Jihadist Movement, Sheikh Jamal Khattab, said any fighting between Palestinians and Hezbollah could be worse than the violence between the Amal militia and Fatah forces in the 1980s, known as the "war of the camps".Although Palestinian factions in the camp have officially disassociated themselves from the crisis in Syria, several young men from the camp are fighting in the country alongside rebels, and some Palestinian Islamist factions openly criticize Hezbollah's participation in the war in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.The sheikh said that while some young men from Ain al-Hilweh had left the camp to fight U.S. troops in Iraq on the instructions of various organizations, there were few from the camp fighting alongside Syrian rebels, and they were not following any group's instructions.The sources added that members of these groups have enough support in Sidon, where thousands of Palestinians live, to enable them to fight inside the city rather than in Ain al-Hilweh camp.
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