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Two dead in clash at Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon

Vendor at Rashidiyeh refugee camp January 2021. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Two Palestinians were killed and six others wounded in a gunfight involving Fatah fighters and drug dealers at Rashidiyeh refugee camp in south Lebanon early Sunday, security sources said.

The clashes erupted as a result of previous disputes between a drug dealer named Hussein al-Zaini and Ahmad al-Sayed. The sources said shooting started at a reconciliation meeting between Zaini and Sayed, in which Sayed was killed. Sayed's shooting led to an exchange of fire between the two men's groups, which necessitated the intervention of Fatah movement, the dominant force at the Tyre area camp, the sources said.

Clashes then raged at dawn for several hours between the movement's fighters and the Zaini group, in which assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades were used, killing Zaini's brother, Jamal, and wounding six people, including two in critical condition.

By mid-morning Fatah fighters were able to advance on Zaini's stronghold, arresting several members of his group and other participants in the clashes.

 

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