BEIRUT: Palestinian factions in Lebanon stressed Sunday the need to preserve the security and the stability of the Palestinian refugee camps in the country.
The leaders of Palestinian factions held a meeting at the Palestinian Embassy, in the Beirut neighborhood of Jnah, to talk about the situation of the refugee camps.
A statement following the meeting said the leaders called for “neutralizing the Palestinian camps and preventing them from being implicated in the local Lebanese conflicts,” and stressed their commitment to building a good relationship with the Lebanese people.
The statement demanded that UNRWA and the international community “shoulder their responsibilities toward aiding the refugees who were displaced from the Palestinian camps in Syria.”
The Palestinian factions called for pressuring the international community through popular activities and efforts to compel the Israelis to free Palestinian prisoners.
The southern refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh witnessed several rounds of violence, the last of which erupted between Fatah and Islamist groups, lasting for two days. The clashes ended in a cease-fire March 14 and resulted in one death and 13 injuries.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 25, 2013, on page 4.