A Civil Defense worker, walks past burning vehicles at the scene of an explosion that killed Zeidan, near Ain al-Hilweh camp. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Fears of a major confrontation in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh heightened Tuesday following the assassination of a senior Fatah Movement official in a car bomb near the camp.Gen. Fathi Zeidan, the Movement's secretary in Sidon's Mieh Mieh Camp, was killed in what was the first targeting of a Palestinian official outside a refugee camp in years.The bombing comes during a new round of security incidents, particularly in Ain al-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon.Just before his death, Zeidan attended a noon security meeting in Mieh Mieh to look into the work of the joint security forces. After the meeting, he was heading directly to Ain al-Hilweh for another security meeting with the camp's Fatah officials. Gen. Munir Maqdah told LBCI that during the meeting between the Palestinian factions, Zeidan had demanded that security measures be tightened in the Mieh Mieh camp.Popular Nasserite Organization Secretary-General Osama Saad dubbed Zeidan's killing "a terrorist attack" and called on Palestinian factions to stand firmly against those seeking to affect the camp's security and that of Sidon.
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