Ain el-Hilweh Tense after Overnight Gunbattles

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Tension surged overnight in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh in southern Lebanon after gunbattles between Fatah movement and Jund al-Sham, the state-run National News Agency reported on Friday.

The news agency reported that members of the Palestinian security committee swiftly acted to prevent any escalations and to return calm in the camp.

According to LBCI, the gunbattles occurred inside Ain el-Hilweh's al-Taware' neighborhood between supporters of Haitham al-Shaabi and Fatah movement, only causing material damage.

Al-Shaabi, a previous leader in Jond al-Sham, is said to have ties with the Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades .

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.

On Thursday, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported that Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp is witnessing an unprecedented mobilization of militants.

According to the newspaper, the number of militants that have received training and arms has reached 120. They mainly spread in Ain el-Hilweh's al-Taware' neighborhood under the leadership of Haitham and Mohammed al-Shaabi.

Several militants are also located in al-Sefsaf neighborhood and receive orders from Osama al-Shehabi.

As for fighters located in al-Manshiyyeh, they follow the orders of Toufiq Tah and those in al-Tireh are led by Bilal Bader.

Around 70 members of Takfiri groups have entered Ain el-Hilweh in the past week, al-Joumhouria said.

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Thumb EagleDawn 29 November 2013, 08:16

By long-standing convention, the Lebanese army does not enter the country's 12 refugee camps, leaving security inside to the Palestinians themselves.

To hell with long standing conventions!!!! We need to reclaim our country from HA, the Palestinians, and every other terrorist.

Thumb lebanon_first 29 November 2013, 09:06

100% eagle. F... this convention

Thumb sevilla 29 November 2013, 16:21

I just don't get it. You get 10 votes up for agreeing with eagle dawn, but eagle dawn gets voted down 9 times??? LOL.

Thumb EagleDawn 29 November 2013, 09:50

As usual, you try to debate by injecting lies. First, I am not from Mustaqbal and not employed by them. If I were, I would not hide it but rather be proud as they stand for Lebanon. Second, Mustaqbal has on many occasions rejected the naturalization of Palestinians and Harriri the son during an interview stated he has no objections to make it part of the constitution. Your lies and propaganda have no limits. Your Hizb/Aoun indoctrination has limited your ability to be rational. Have a nice day in Dahiyeh, dear!

Default-user-icon Le Dude (Guest) 29 November 2013, 09:59

just a stupid question, why do they let them even enter the camps? if you know how many armed terrorists entered then u know who they are where they come from. they leave the camps from time to time why not just get them when they arent there? hell get rid of them make it look like an accident if you dont want to make a big deal... enno u know that they will cause a lot of problems in the future and yet u leave them to their usual routines? WTF all the politicians should work together on this cause they all will be targets, if not them relatives, friends...

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 29 November 2013, 11:45

Hey FT. I hear the zaytoon season is not so good this year. Those damn mustaqbal and m14ers. They intentionally mess up our produce in their efforts to naturalize all them Palestinians and return to power. Damn them.

Thumb cedre 29 November 2013, 15:34

Do u really believe what u post or just looking for pretext to attack sunnis ?

If we wanted to curb demographics, we would have married the palestinians decades ago, like lebanese alawites in the north did with the syrian alawites... Or having loads of kids like shias in the south...

Thumb cedre 29 November 2013, 15:36

yeah, and everybody will accept the naturalization...
Give civic rights to the palestinians and disarm them since the only "resistance" in Lebanese must be shia and pro-iranian.

Default-user-icon GOSE (Guest) 29 November 2013, 15:47

Mabrouk guys Expo 2020 goes to Dubai

Thumb cedre 30 November 2013, 03:21

lol +1000