Clashes kill two in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

Clashes kill two in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon
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18 August, 2017
Clashes between Palestinian security forces and Sunni Islamists in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp has left two people dead.
Ain al-Hilweh has been plagued by intermittent clashes between multiple armed factions [Anadolu]

Clashes between Palestinian security forces and Sunni Islamists in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon left two people dead.

The fighting began on Thursday after a leader of an armed faction sympathetic to the Islamist Badr group fired at the headquarters of a joint security force comprising the main Palestinian factions.

In April seven people were killed in clashes in the camp between the Badr group and the joint security force after it deployed there.

The son of the armed group's leader was killed in Thursday's clashes and a member of the security forces died from wounds on Friday morning, the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) said, another eight people were wounded.

The Palestinian security force commander called a ceasefire on Thursday night, but an explosion, accompanied by gunfire, was heard in the camp on Friday afternoon, the witness said.

The joint security force includes Fatah, led by the West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Ain al-Hilweh is located in Sidon, a coastal city south of Beirut.

Ain al-Hilweh has been plagued by intermittent clashes between the multiple armed factions as well as against smaller extremist groups.

Lebanon's Palestinian camps, which date back to the 1948 war between Israel and its Arab neighbours, mainly fall outside the jurisdiction of Lebanese security services. 

Ain al-Hilweh is home to some 61,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 who have fled the war in Syria.