Palestinian carry on with their lives at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, Monday, March 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Hezbollah, the Amal Movement and Palestinian Islamist factions in Lebanon are putting the finishing touches to a Memorandum of Understanding to defuse tension between the two communities they represent and prevent strife, a source involved in the talks told The Daily Star. The MoU with Hezbollah and Amal is the outcome of an initiative put forth by Islamic Jihad and will be also signed by Hamas, Osbat al-Ansar and Sheikh Jamal Khattab – the spiritual leader of Islamist groups inside the south Lebanon camp of Ain al-Hilweh. Tensions between Hezbollah and Amal on the one hand and Palestinian Islamist factions on the other mounted recently in light of glaring disparities over the conflict in neighboring Syria and the string of terrorist attacks that have hit areas where Hezbollah and Amal enjoy wide support. Today, however, the two sides are adamant to overcome past and current wounds, with Amal and Hezbollah pledging as part of the MoU to work on helping Palestinians acquire their rights in Lebanon, the source said.
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