AIN Al-HILWEH, Lebanon: Tensions flared for the second day in a row Thursday in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh over the war in Syria.
A fight broke out in the afternoon between the brother of Mahmoud Abdelqader, one of two anti-Assad Islamist fighters who were killed in Syria and another man, after they argued over the legitimacy of fighting in Syria.
Armed Islamist fighters intervened in the clash and attempted to break into the offices of the pro-Assad Al-Saiqa faction.
The fighting comes a day after relatives of the two young men killed in Syria, Abdelqader and Mahmoud Sleiman attempted Wednesday to storm the offices of two pro-Syrian Palestinian factions in Ain al-Hilweh.
However, Islamist factions and the Palestinian Follow-Up Committee intervened, preventing the family members from breaking into the offices of both Al-Saiqa and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC).
Islamist forces and the committee feared clashes would inflame tensions already present in the camp after news spread about a demonstration slated for Friday at the offices of the two pro-Syrian groups.
Separately, a meeting with officials from all Palestinian factions in the camp led to an agreement to turn the office of the PFLP-GC into a shelter for incoming refugees from Thursday.