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Clashes escalate in the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, leaving 5 dead and dozens wounded

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Clashes escalate in the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, leaving 5 dead and dozens wounded

  • Violent clashes escalated on Wednesday inside Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, leaving at least five people dead and more than a dozen injured.
  • This escalation in violence has prompted many civilians to seek refuge in safer areas.
  • Stray bullets resulting from the clashes spread to residential neighborhoods outside the camp, even hitting a fire truck that was participating in putting out a separate fire near an army site.

Lebanese state media and security officials reported that clashes intensified Wednesday in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, killing at least five people and wounding more than a dozen others. Dozens of civilians were forced to flee to safer areas.

Their latest deaths bring to 11 the number of people killed since fighting broke out again in the Ain al-Hilweh camp near the southern coastal city of Sidon on September 7, despite multiple ceasefire agreements.

The state-run National News Agency said stray bullets hit residential areas outside the camp, including several bullets that hit a fire truck as firefighters battled a blaze near an army post. The fire was not related to the fighting in the camp.

The fighting broke out last week after nearly a month of calm in Ain al-Hilweh, between the Fatah movement led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and members of the armed Islamic factions.

Fatah and other allied factions intended to take tough action against the suspects accused of killing a senior Fatah military official in the camp in late July.

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Lebanon: Palestinian camp clashes

A Palestinian woman and her family seek shelter after leaving the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, waiting outside the Sidon municipality to transfer to an UNRWA school in Sidon, a coastal city in southern Lebanon, on September 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

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The National News Agency reported that among the five killed on Wednesday were three Fatah members. She added that 15 people were also injured in the clashes.

Senior official in the Palestinian Hamas movement, Musa Abu Marzouk, arrived in Beirut on Tuesday to push for an end to the clashes, without success.

About 55,000 people live in Ain al-Hilweh, according to the United Nations, and it is famous for chaos and violence.

Lebanon hosts tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. Many of them live in 12 refugee camps spread across the small Mediterranean country. Ain al-Hilweh was established in 1948 to shelter Palestinians who were displaced when Israel was established.

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