Concrete blocks are set up on the border of Ain al-Hilweh, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Construction work on a large wall surrounding the infamous Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near Sidon preceded smoothly Saturday, and is considered a welcome step by camp officials.The construction process is expected to take some 15 months to complete due to the numerous security considerations involved.Sources told The Daily Star that the company that won the public tenders to construct the wall had subcontracted the project to another firm.Trucks laden with gravel and construction equipment could be seen making their way into the camp, while engineering crews went to and fro to survey and measure for the building work.Extremists often take refuge inside the camp, which is off-limits to the Lebanese security agencies and is instead managed by a joint security force representing the camp's multiple factions.The wall is the latest testament of the increased security coordination between the Army and the factions within Ain al-Hilweh.
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