The Nejmeh Square in the southern city of Sidon, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)
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A cautious calm reigned Friday in a south Lebanon refugee camp following two days of fighting between supporters of the Fatah Movement and radical Islamist groups.A small-scale meeting was held at Rashidieh camp in the southern city of Tyre between Palestinian factions.The two-day gunbattles in Ain al-Hilweh had impacted the nearby southern city of Sidon, which gradually began recovering on Friday.Starting at 7 p.m. Friday armed militants began to withdraw from the Baraksat and Safsaf neighborhoods where they were replaced by members from the Palestinian National Security Forces.Tensions have simmered in Ain al-Hilweh following Wednesday's assassination of Samer Hmeid – also known as Samer Nejmeh – in the Safsaf neighborhood where Osbat al-Ansar have a strong presence.
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