File - Islamist fighters protest in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Friday, Feb. 3, 2006. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The latest developments in Iraq have sped up the deployment of elite security forces in the troubled Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in south Lebanon, with moves expected to be made before the holy month of Ramadan begins.Palestinian factions put the final touches on the deployment of the 150-member force at a Hamas office Tuesday.According to Khattab, there were many attempts to link the Palestinian refugee camps, especially Ain al-Hilweh, with Al-Qaeda and its affiliate groups, whether the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria or the Nusra Front.According to Jihad Taha, a member of the Hamas politburo in Lebanon, the party was keen on establishing stability across all of the Palestinian camps and cooperating with the Lebanese Army.The meeting included talks on the situation in the Palestinian camps in general and in Ain al-Hilweh in particular and the importance of working toward fortifying the camps and deploying the elite forces quickly.
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