Wall around Ain al-Hilweh, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Despite an outcry from several Palestinian factions that had halted Lebanese authorities' bid to build a security wall around south Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, works have been ongoing and are almost finalized. A source told The Daily Star that just 15 to 20 percent of the wall remains to be completed, adding that a similar move is expected for other south Lebanon Palestinian camps.In November 2016, it was announced that an agreement had been made between the Lebanese Army and the Palestinian factions to construct a wall and erect watchtowers around Ain al-Hilweh, and that the process was well underway.A deal struck between the Lebanese Army and Palestinian factions in the 2016 summer saw a number of wanted suspects hiding out in Palestinians refugee camps, mainly Ain al-Hilweh, hand themselves over to Lebanese authorities, on the understanding that the legal situation of those with minor offenses would be settled fairly and quickly.
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