Palestinian Security Forces Member Assassinated in Sidon Camp

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Unknown assailants assassinated a member of the Palestinian National Security Forces at dawn on Saturday in the Palestinian refugee camp of Mieh Mieh in the southern city of Sidon, the National News Agency reported.

Cautious calm prevailed in the camp early in the morning, while UNRWA schools and shops closed their doors in anticipation of any security reaction, said NNA.

The assassination of Mohammed abu Mgasib triggered security tension in the camp. Heavy gunfire was heard after he was killed, as armed individuals took to the streets in protest.

The Palestinian security forces deployed their elements to prevent further deterioration. They formed an investigative committee to look into the incident.

General Sobhi Abu Arab, head of the Palestinian National Security Forces, denied any political motives behind the assassination. However, he voiced fears “that fifth column could be involved with the aim of triggering strife between the Palestinian forces,” added NNA.

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