Lebanon News

Security meeting in s. Lebanon after Ain al-Hilweh violence

Masked gunmen from Osbat al-Ansar stand guard in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: South Lebanon Governor Nicholas Abu Daher chaired a meeting of the South Lebanon Security Council Tuesday, a day after sporadic clashes between rival gunmen in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh left eight wounded.

Meanwhile, tenuous calm was restored in Ain al-Hilweh amid concerns that clashes might resume between the Palestinian factions.

The security meeting, held at Sidon’s Serail, was attended by several security officials and addressed the situation in the camp.

The deterioration in Ain al-Hilweh’s security came after a series of assassinations recently rocked the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon.

Tensions were sparked Monday after two gunmen from the disbanded Fatah al-Islam headed by Bilal Badr shot at a Fatah Movement headquarters run by Fatah officer Talal al-Urduni, prompting the guards to shoot back.

Most of the wounded were civilians.

A separation force created last week, composed of the Usbat al-Ansar Islamist group and the Islamic Jihadist Movement, was eventually able to contain the clashes.

The Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are off-limits to the Lebanese authorities and policed by armed Palestinian factions.





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