Gunmen vacate Ain el-Helweh schools as joint force deploys


Gunmen withdrew Friday from the schools they were occupying in the Ain el-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp, as a joint Palestinian force started deploying in the camp’s al-Taamir area.

The National News Agency said a “positive atmosphere” was engulfing the deployment process and that the Palestinian force was supposed to enter into the camp’s schools.

The schools had been occupied during days of deadly fighting between hardline Islamist groups and the mainstream Fatah Movement.

The occupation forced the U.N.’s agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, to postpone the start of the school year.

“More than 11,000 Palestine Refugees children in South Lebanon will not be able to join their peers at the beginning of the school year on 2 October,” an UNRWA statement said.

“UNRWA was forced to take this decision given all our eight schools inside the camp have been taken over by armed groups. They have sustained significant destruction and damage. Other schools – outside the camp- are currently being used by displaced families,” said Dorothée Klaus, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon.

At least 4,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Ain el-Helweh. Many sought refuge in UNRWA facilities while others are staying with relatives and friends.

Meanwhile, UNRWA has been providing safe spaces and some education material for children and activities so they can have some learning and be able to reconnect with their childhood.

Comments 5
Missing phillipo 29 September 2023, 17:05

"a joint Palestinian force started deploying in the camp’s al-Taamir area."
So Lebanon permits a "state within the state". No wonder that the country is in such a pathetic situation when it can't even control what is going on within its own borders and allows outside forces to control it.

Missing phillipo 30 September 2023, 14:27

The very fact that you ignore what I wrote and attempted to insult me just goes to show that you just couldn't care less about what goes on in your country.

Thumb 30 September 2023, 17:56

You insulted yourself @Pippo by acknowledging that ‘Zionist’ is a derogatory term. You’re right though, neo-Zionism is terrorism … on par with Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Daesh/ISIS and the others.

Missing phillipo 30 September 2023, 21:29

No I didn;t, that's why I wrote "you attempted to insult me".
If on the other hand you equate Zionism with Hizballah etc, may I suggest that you first of all clear the terrorists out of your own country before trying to tell other countries what to do.

Thumb 01 October 2023, 17:47

Where's the attempt? 'lolbatroun' wrote "Zip it zionist"? I don't see any insult in there unless you believe that being a zionist is bad.