Palestinian children carry Palestinian flags during an exhibition in the Mie Mie camp to remind people of Nakba atrocities on May 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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On the eve of the Nakba, Hajj Abu Mohammad Hammoud can't hide his frustration at the deteriorating situation in Ain al-Hilweh, Lebanon's largest refugee camp and home to around 40,000 Palestinians, which is currently witnessing violence on a near-daily basis.Hammoud, in his 80s, believes that some are trying to kill the spirit of the camp. In the camp, however, there are only a few posters reminding the residents of Nakba Day.Hammoud is not alone in feeling alienated by the camp's current situation, which is a deterioration in the already-poor security there. The tense situation and a general discontent over the ongoing unrest prompted a handful of business owners, residents, local teachers in the camp and other civil society representatives from Sidon to gather at a protest Wednesday to express their anger, with those present emphasizing the importance of maintaining peace and security in the camp.Participants called on the various groups in the camp to de-escalate the situation.Various artworks depicted the daily lives of Palestinians before the Nakba.
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