Masked gunmen from Osbat al-Ansar stand guard in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The move by Palestinian factions to hand a high-profile suspect hiding in the south Lebanon refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh over to the Lebanese state was done to protect both Palestinian and Lebanese communities, a Hamas Movement official said Sunday. In the early hours of Saturday, Hamas Movement and Osbat al-Ansar arrested and handed Khaled Massaad, also known as Khaled al-Sayyed, over to General Security and Army Intelligence at the western entrance of the Ain al-Hilweh camp.Abdel-Hadi explained that the factions understood the gravity of the situation from the statements issued by a number of Lebanese officials over Massaad's involvement in acts that affect Lebanon's security.Statements reportedly issued by Al-Shabab al-Muslim had threatened Palestinian factions over the handover.However, in the later statement the group praised the Hamas Movement and Osbat al-Ansar for the move.Sidon MP Bahia Hariri Sunday praised the "responsible" move taken by Palestinian factions by handing over Massaad, saying that it prevents the camp being used as a means to target Lebanon.
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