Lebanon News

Fatah al-Islam member shot in Ain al-Hilweh

Palestinians from various factions carry kalashnikovs as they patrol the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: A Palestinian man and member of Fatah al-Islam was shot in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh outside the coastal city of Sidon Thursday and remains in critical condition.

A masked gunman opened fire on Alaa Hajir at the entrance of the vegetables market in the camp and wounded him in the chest and arms.

Hajir, who is wanted by the Lebanese authorities, was transferred to the Al-Nidaa Al-Insani Hospital inside the camp but later moved to Labib Medical Center outside the camp.

The Ain al-Hilweh camp recently witnessed several attacks on Islamists. Last month, the bodyguard of Fatah al-Islam official Bilal Badr, Ali Khalil, was shot in the head and later died from his wounds.

Badr’s killing came just weeks after a Sunni Sheikh, Arsan Suleiman, was fatally shot in Ain al-Hilweh.

Suleiman was the head of a charity linked to Al-Ahbash, an Islamist group that was active during Syria’s wardship of Lebanon.





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