Lebanon: 3 dead as hundreds flee Palestinian camp

Clashes between Al-Fatah fighters, Islamist group Al-Sham

25 August, 13:37

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    BEIRUT - Hundreds of civilians living in the Ain Al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon have been forced to flee and seek refuge in the streets of the nearby city of Sidon, due to clashes underway for days between Al-Fatah fighters and members of the Islamist group Jund Al-Sham. Lebanese media reported the news, noting that the death toll from fighting on Monday night had risen to 3 and that at least about 20 had been injured. Ein El-Helweh, the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon, has about 70,000 refugees and for years has been the site of clashes between fighters from Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, and Palestinian Islamist factions. Tension rose again beginning on Saturday due to a failed attempt to assassinate a local Fatah leader. Rocket-launchers and heavy machine guns have been used in the fighting, which has caused severe damage to some homes.

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