5 Dead, 32 Hurt as Heavy Ain el-Hilweh Clashes Continue for 3rd Day

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At least five people have been killed and 32 others wounded in three days of fierce clashes at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh in the southern city of Sidon, state-run National News Agency said.

NNA identified the fifth victim killed in the fighting between the Joint Palestinian Security Forces and hardline Islamists led by Bilal Badr as Firas Balous.

Ambulances were rushing the wounded to hospitals near Ain el-Hilweh as the sounds of rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire echo from inside.

On Saturday, local Palestinian commander Subhi Abu Arab vowed to crush the followers of radical preacher Bilal Badr.

The clashes erupted in the camp on Friday as the Joint Palestinian Security Force started deploying throughout the camp.

It came under fire from Badr's Islamist group in part of the camp, which sparked fierce clashes.

Among the dead were two civilians, two members of the Joint Force and one member of the extremist group, medical sources said.

The fighting has prompted security measures outside the camp, which Lebanese security forces do not enter by long-standing agreement.

An adjacent highway has been cut and patients moved from the Sidon governmental hospital next to the camp.

Palestinian officials in the camp called Sunday on remaining members of Badr's group to surrender with their weapons.

Salah al-Ali, a resident of the camp, said there was damage from shelling inside the camp. "We ask from God that the situation calms down so that we can return to our homes," he said at Sidon's Musally mosque, where he was taking shelter.

The spokesman for the Council of Palestinian Scholars in Lebanon said the radical groups were issuing fatwas authorizing the killing of people they disagreed with.

"This has led to chaos in Ain el-Hilweh," said Sheikh Mohammed al-Muwad, in his office in Sidon. "These groups do not abide by any oaths or promises."

Ain el-Hilweh is home to multiple armed factions, and has been plagued by intermittent clashes between them as well as against smaller extremist groups.

Lebanon's army does not enter Palestinian refugee camps, where security is managed by joint committees of Palestinian factions.

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

Comments 5
Thumb s.o.s 09 April 2017, 15:15

when it isn't hizbalot jihadist terrorists it's palestinian jihadist terrorists. we are sick and tired of fake jihads, terrorism, and shia/ palestinian sheep.

that's what happens when people don't go to school, they become easily manipulable. their parents have also modest backgrounds and can't think of their own, hence this kind of education that leads to further misery. and these feeble minds complain that the "state" or "government" doesn't do anything for them. again, it's a failed thinking process, they should ask themselves what they can do for their country, not the opposite. it's what the shia have complained about for decennials, and again... lack of education and ill-will are the true cause of today's problems.

Thumb justin 09 April 2017, 15:19

go liberate palestine from iran or syria.

Thumb Southern...... 09 April 2017, 18:51

and you still claiming that you are not a zionist from Haifa!

Thumb shab 09 April 2017, 21:42

495.000 left. Keep killing each other

Thumb whyaskwhy 10 April 2017, 07:09

Southern the only Zionist here are the ones protecting Israel like Iran and Assad.