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.

Comments 7
Thumb s.o.s 08 March 2018, 16:23

Bata trio tric.

Thumb eagledawn 08 March 2018, 16:39

How are such fascist and blatantly ignorant/racist comments allowed on this forum? you think you're better than others, you're the worst filth that Lebanon has, sectarian trash.
You should see a psychiatrist - you're the same trash as the Hezbollah you support.

Thumb eagledawn 08 March 2018, 17:19

atruth revealed itself;)

Thumb janoubi 08 March 2018, 17:32

lol good one eagle:)!

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 08 March 2018, 16:48

Apologies to the best Syrian Mukhabarat troll atruth, al-Saeqa is a Syrian regime group, but nice try.

Thumb 08 March 2018, 18:17

He's another one of Bachar's troublemakers, shit-stirers. Just like Hezbollah, SSNP and FPM.

Thumb whyaskwhy 09 March 2018, 15:07

Lebanon's history keeps recycling itself, sadly since their arrival in Lebanon over half a century ago and the Palestinians have refused to accept Lebanese law. This goofball needs to be placed before the court and hopefully receive a sentence to remind the rest of those "revolutionaries" in the camps that small as it may seem that we do have a law in the country.