Work began in November 2016 on a concrete wall surrounding the camp. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The Lebanese Army has placed electronic security screening gates at all entrances to the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon to screen everyone entering or leaving the camp. The installation of the gates around the perimeter of Ain al-Hilweh drew a strong rebuke from Palestinian factions and camp residents, with activists taking to social media to call for protests at the camp's entrances. The camp has four main gates in addition to multiple smaller entry points. In November 2016, the Army began erecting concrete barriers around the camp to separate it from surrounding areas due to heightened security concerns.Fugitives and extremists were reportedly using it as a hideout from the Lebanese Army, which by convention does not enter the camp. The Army, however, insisted that the wall would not negatively impact the camp, as it would retain its six legitimate entry points.
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