2 Dead, 2 Hurt as Jund al-Sham and Fatah Clash in Ain el-Hilweh
Two people were killed and two others were wounded Monday as clashes erupted between the Islamist Jund al-Sham group and the secular Fatah Movement in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp.
The violence erupted after Jund al-Sham members Mohammed A. and Mahmoud A. were shot and wounded at the hands of unknown gunmen, state-run National News Agency reported.
It identified the slain men as Palestinian national Diab M., a civilian, and Fatah member T. M.
“Some residents have fled, fearing a bigger deterioration,” NNA said.
Sidon MP Bahia Hariri of the al-Mustaqbal bloc meanwhile contacted senior Fatah official Sobhi Abou Arab and Islamist leader Abou Sharif Aql, urging them to seek a ceasefire and contain the tensions.
She was told that efforts were being exerted to that end.
The camp had witnessed several similar incidents in recent months.
Ain el-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian camp in the country, is home to about 50,000 refugees who live in dire conditions 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.
Just like USA fought side by side with Russia against Hitler. The LAF should have fought with Fatah against Jund Elsham. If ISIS is not allowed in Lebanon, why are they allowed in the camps. It is more than about time for the convention to be trashed andd the LAF enter the camps and extendd the State authority within them.