Lebanon News

Fatah official escapes assassination attempt

This file picture shows Fatah member Abu Mohammad Talal al-Ordoni walking in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, Sunday, May 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: A Fatah Movement official Monday escaped an assassination attempt on his life in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, a security source told The Daily Star.

Minutes after the convoy of Talal Ordoni passed through the neighborhood of Hatten, a bombing occurred, slightly wounding two people, the source said.

Tensions have run high in Ain al-Hilweh, Lebanon's largest refugee camp, following security incidents and assassinations in the last several weeks, with officials attempting to restore calm and prevent an escalation.

A Palestinian member of Fatah al-Islam, Alaa Ali Hujeir, was shot in the camp earlier this month. Last month, Ali Khalil, a bodyguard of Fatah al-Islam official Bilal Badr, was shot in the head and later died from his wounds.

The attacks came just weeks after a Sunni sheikh, Arsan Suleiman, was fatally shot in Ain al-Hilweh.

Fatah al-Islam, headed by Bilal Badr, has accused the Fatah Movement of being behind the assassination of Hujeir, but the movement denies any involvement.





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