Army Arrests Man behind Shatila Camp Clashes

The Lebanese Army on Thursday managed to arrest a suspect described as the main culprit in the deadly clashes that erupted Wednesday in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp.

“The Intelligence Directorate has arrested Mohammed Abu Zahra, aka Abu Iyad Zahra, the main instigator and culprit in the clash that erupted yesterday in the Shatila camp,” the army said in a statement.

“The detainee was referred to the relevant judicial authorities and a probe got underway amid efforts to arrest the rest of the culprits,” the statement added.

One person was killed and two others were wounded in Wednesday's clashes between members of the Fatah al-Intifada and al-Saeqa groups.

Media reports said the fighting had no political motives.

By long-standing convention, the Lebanese Army does not enter the twelve Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, leaving the Palestinian factions themselves to handle security.

That has created lawless areas in many camps, some of which contain extremists and fugitives.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are registered in Lebanon with the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA. Most live in squalid conditions in 12 official refugee camps and face a variety of legal restrictions, including on their employment.

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