Palestinians protest in support of Yarmouk in front of the UNRWA offices in Sidon, Monday, April 13, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Ali Shahrour, Chief of the Lebanese Army's Intelligence Branch in the south, used harsh words in a weekend meeting with Palestinian officials, demanding they contain the security situation in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, political sources told The Daily Star. The Higher Palestinian Security Committee met with Shahrour at the Mohammad Zogheib Military Barracks in Sidon, after a member of the Resistance Brigades was killed in the camp last week. Palestinian sources fear that clashes could result if Shabab al-Muslim is besieged or prevented from communicating with the rest of the camp, encircled by the joint Palestinian force and the Lebanese Army in Taamir.The Palestinian force could declare the neighborhood no longer be part of the camp, turning over responsibility for its security to the Lebanese military.Security could prove more difficulty to enforce in neighborhoods located further inside the camp, such as Safsaf, Sikah and Hittin.Both a limited operation to find the men and a wider operation to take over the Tawari neighborhood completely are reportedly being considered.There is a fear the Lebanese Army could be attacked from the Tawari neighborhood or from within the camp itself, prompting a military campaign to uproot the area's armed groups.
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