Cautious Calm after Fierce Fatah-Islamist Clashes in Ain el-Hilweh

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Fierce clashes erupted Sunday afternoon between the secular Fatah Movement and a number of hardline Islamist groups in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh, state-run National News Agency reported.

The fighting was focused on the Sifsaf-Briksat frontier on al-Fawqani street and the sounds of machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades echoed across the city of Sidon, NNA said.

Cautious calm engulfed the camp in the evening after the national and Islamist Palestinian factions reached a tentative ceasefire agreement under which the gunmen were supposed to be withdrawn from the streets, media reports said.

The clashes had renewed earlier in the day, leaving several people injured. The agency identified one of the wounded as Alaa Hammoudeh.

“We will not allow the extremist groups to cross the line in the Ain el-Hilweh camp and things are taking another direction today. A final solution for these groups should be found,” Fatah official Mahmoud Abdul Hamid Issa, aka al-Lino, told al-Jadeed TV.

The Lebanese army meanwhile closed the Ain el-Hilweh entrance that faces Sidon's state-run hospital to preserve the safety of passersby.

Comments 7
Default-user-icon charbel khoury (Guest) 26 February 2017, 14:19

f them all they dont belong in lb from the begining

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 26 February 2017, 14:25

meanwhile Mahmoud Abbas is in Lebanon.....

Missing 26 February 2017, 18:28

For the second time, Abbas requests that the Lebanon takes control of security in the camp. For the second time, he is quietly ignored.

Missing 26 February 2017, 20:53

ربما ليس جديداً أن تتقدم قيادة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية من السلطة اللبنانية بإقتراح أن تتولى الدولة بأجهزتها الأمنية والعسكرية المسؤولية الكاملة عن المخيمات الفلسطينية على أراضيها. لقد تمّ ذلك في عهد الرئيس اميل لحود، وجرى الإيحاء به من قبل أكثر من مسؤول فلسطيني رسمي طيلة السنوات العشر الماضية. الجديد هذه المرة أنّ الإستعداد الرسمي الفلسطيني يتجدد في عهد الرئيس ميشال عون، وهو الذي خاض معارك شرسة في مواجهة الإنفلات الأمني الفلسطيني في سبعينيات القرن ٠٠٠٠الرئيس-عون-إقبل-فوراً-عرض-محمود-عباس-حو/

Thumb shab 26 February 2017, 18:38

Clear the camps, Guest must return home.

Missing 26 February 2017, 18:44

I agree as soon as Israel allow them to go home in what is now Israel.

Thumb shab 27 February 2017, 20:51