Islamist Shoots Dead Fatah Member in Ain el-Hilweh

A Fatah Movement member was shot dead on Monday in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon, state-run National News Agency reported.

“Ahmed Saleh Shikhani, the bodyguard of Fatah Movement's Talal al-Ordoni, was shot dead in the Ain el-Hilweh camp at the hands of Hussein al-Tawil, a member of the group of Fatah al-Islam ex-official Bilal Bader,” NNA said.

“The situation is tense in the camp and Palestinian leaders are trying to contain the incident,” the agency added.

Al-Jadeed television reported earlier that the clash was of a personal nature.

On May 19, a man was killed and two others were injured in clashes between the Fatah Movement and Bilal Bader's group in Ain el-Hilweh's al-Sefsaf area.

Ain el-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian camp in the country, is home to about 50,000 refugees 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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