Missing Lebanese Man Found Killed in Ain el-Hilwehإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Lebanese national Marwan Issa was found killed Sunday in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon, a day after he went missing in the area.
“Issa was found killed with a gunshot to the head inside a car's trunk in the Jabal al-Halib area in the Ain el-Hilweh camp,” state-run National News Agency reported.
Earlier on Sunday, NNA said Issa had on Saturday gone missing in “mysterious circumstances.”
“The camp's Joint Palestinian Force launched a probe into the incident and arrested three Palestinians suspected of being involved in the case,” the agency added.
According to the Saida Online local news portal, the slain man is “a nephew of Nassif Issa, a top official of the Popular Nasserite Organization,” which is close to Hizbullah.
Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) said Marwan himself was a member of the Hizbullah-affiliated Resistance Brigades.
But An Nahar newspaper said the young man “had good ties with the Resistance Brigades,” noting that he hailed from the southern town of Aitaroun.
“His uncle Nassif Issa was the commander of the Popular Liberation Army in Sidon after its liberation” from the Israeli occupation, An Nahar added.
Later on Sunday, NNA said the Joint Palestinian Force handed over to the Lebanese army two Palestinian nationals suspected of being behind Issa's murder.
It identified them as Khaled Kaoush and Rabih Serhan.
The Force had held an emergency meeting under Palestinian National Security chief Maj. Gen. Sobhi Abou Arab, in which it discussed the murder and the preliminary investigations.
“The conferees then decided to hand over the two suspects to the army's intelligence directorate,” NNA said.
Ain el-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian camp in the country, is home to about 50,000 refugees who live in dire conditions and is known to harbor extremists and fugitives.
By long-standing convention, the Lebanese army does not enter the country's 12 refugee camps, leaving security inside to the Palestinians themselves.
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