MP Bahia Hariri and a delegation from the Palestinian Islamic Forces meet in Sidon on Dec. 21 2017 (The Daily Star/Islamic Forces HO)
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A representative from the Palestinian Islamic Forces hoped that the census of Palestinians living in Lebanon would help grant more civil rights to the refugees, a statement from the Islamic Forces reported Friday."The number 174,422 is much lower than expected, and we hope [that a low number] will grant Palestinians in Lebanon more civil rights," said Sheikh Abu Sharif Akl, a representative of the largest Islamist faction Osbat al-Ansar. His comments came during a meeting with MP Bahia Hariri with a delegation from the Palestinian Islamic Forces from Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp. The Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee, a governmental group, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and Lebanon's Central Administration of Statistics launched the census of Palestinians living in Lebanon earlier this year.
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