Palestinian officials said on condition of anonymity that an unidentified gunman tried to kill Mahmoud Khalil, a member of the armed group. Although nothing happened to Khalil, but one of his companions was killed. Fighting then broke out in the Ein al-Hilway camp.
Beirut: Heavy clashes broke out on Sunday in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon. At least five people were killed and seven others were injured in the incident. At the same time, the Palestinian group Fatah confirmed the death of commander Ashraf al-Armochi and four of his companions during an operation.
Faction Fatah condemns the despicable and cowardly crime aimed at undermining the security and stability of Palestinian camps in Lebanon. At the same time, Palestinian officials said on the condition of anonymity that an unknown gunman tried to kill Mahmoud Khalil, a member of the armed group. Though nothing happened to Khalil, one of his companions was killed.
Fighting then broke out in the Ein al-Hilway camp. At least five people were killed in the incident. At the same time, seven people have been injured. Lebanon’s government agency says two children are among the injured.
The Lebanese army said a mortar shell hit a military barracks outside the camp. Due to this one soldier was injured, whose condition is stable.
More than 50 thousand people live
The Ein al-Hilway camp is known for its lawlessness. Violence is common there. The United Nations says about 55,000 people live in the camp, which was established by the Israeli army in 1948 to house displaced Palestinians, known by Palestinians as the Naqba. At the same time, according to UNRWA, more than 450,000 Palestinians live in Lebanon. Most of these people live in one of 12 refugee camps.
In 2017, Palestinian factions were engaged in a nearly week-long fierce conflict with a terrorist group affiliated with the terrorist organization Islamic State.
Assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers were used in the overcrowded camp during the clashes by Palestinian factions.