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Palestinians strike, block roads to protest clashes

  • A boy carrying a rifle sits in the Ain el-Hilweh Refugee Camp in the southern city of Sidon as tires burn on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

  • A gunman sits next to a graffiti that reads: "No yellow, no green, Ain el-Hilweh is a red line," in the Ain el-Hilweh Refugee Camp in the southern city of Sidon as tires burn on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

  • This file picture shows the refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir, File)

SIDON/BEIRUT: Palestinians in the country's refugee camps held a general strike Tuesday in protest of the recent deadly clashes between the Lebanese Army and residents.

Palestinians held a sit-in, erected a tent and blocked the Ayrouniyeh-Baddawi road near Nahr al-Bared camp in the north. Meanwhile, in the southern camp of Ain al-Hilweh, residents burned tires and blocked roads.

In both camps, schools and businesses were closed in compliance with the strike.

At least two Palestinians were killed Monday during clashes between soldiers and residents of Nahr al-Bared, setting off clashes in the southern camp were a Palestinian man was killed when he fell on a sharp object. Four Palestinians and a Lebanese soldier were wounded in the clashes.

In Ain al-Hilweh, Palestinians asked journalists to leave the camp, blaming media outlets for distorting the facts surrounding the death of the man Monday and accusing the army of killing him.

Monday’s deadly clashes came after last week’s fatal shooting of 15-year-old Ahmad Qassem by soldiers near Nahr al-Bared following a violent standoff between the Lebanese Army and locals.

During Qassem’s funeral Monday several people described by the Lebanese Army as “infiltrators” from outside the camp attacked military posts, wounding three soldiers and 10 Palestinians.

 
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