Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

Sporadic clashes that have killed eight people continued in the Palestinian Ain al-Hilweh camp in southern Lebanon on Monday, as an extremist group battled a local security force.

During the clashes between the Badr group and joint security, which erupted on Friday at least 10 people have been killed and dozens more have been injured.

In turn, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) -Official Website Lebanon Live News- aired that some RPG missiles hit nearby neighborhoods of Ain El-Hilweh, and machine-gun bullets also hit a State-managed hospital in Saida, as the Lebanese nationals also call Sidon.

An adjacent highway has been cut and patients moved from the Sidon governmental hospital next to the camp.

A deal was announced earlier on Tuesday, following a meeting for Palestinian factions who agreed to dissolve the so-called "security zone" of Takfiri militant group of Bilal Badr, which has been engaged in deadly clashes with Fatah movement and different fighters of the Palestinian Joint Security Force since Friday.

Fatah's head in Lebanon said the security force would deploy in all areas of the camp with the aim of disbanding the Badr group and arresting its leader, Bilal Badr.

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Under an agreement with the Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organisation, Lebanon's security forces are not authorised to enter the camp.

Salah al-Ali, a resident of the camp, said there was damage from shelling inside the camp.

The fighting has prompted security measures outside the camp, which the Lebanese army does not enter by long-standing convention. "We ask from God that the situation calms down so that we can return to our homes", he said at Sidon's Musally mosque, where he was taking shelter.

"This has led to chaos in Ain el-Hilweh", said Sheikh Mohammed al-Muwad, in his office in Sidon.

Palestinians in Lebanon are prohibited from working in professional jobs and have few legal protections in Lebanon. It was established in 1948, to host Palestinians displaced by Israeli forces during the establishment of Israel.

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