Lebanese Army checkpoint at the entrance of Ain al-Hilweh, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Hundreds of Ain al-Hilweh residents Tuesday held an overnight protest against the metal detectors recently installed at the main entrances to the refugee camp, calling for the scanners to be removed.The gates were set up earlier this week by the Lebanese Army in the latest of a series of measures to ramp up security at the camp. Demonstrators said they took care to avoid passing by Army checkpoints on the camp's borders to prevent any tensions with the Army, which by convention does not enter Palestinian camps. Scanners were also reportedly set up at the nearby Mieh Mieh camp, which lies just outside the southern city of Sidon. The Army, however, insisted the wall would not negatively impact the camp, as it would retain its six legitimate entry points.
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