2 Dead in Breach of Truce at Lebanon Camp

August 27, 2015 10:17 PM IMEMC & Agencies International, Lebanon war, News Report 0
27 Aug
10:17 PM

Two people were killed when gunmen briefly opened fire in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, breaching a tense ceasefire, Palestinian sources said on Thursday.A source from the Fateh faction said, accoridng to AFP, that a Fateh official and a civilian had been killed in fire by ‘unidentified gunmen’ overnight, in Ain al-Hilweh, southern Lebanon.

The breach threatened a ceasefire that ended several days of clashes between Fateh and an Islamist group in the camp.

Palestinian officials said the ceasefire remained in place despite the breach and that high-level contacts were made during the night to ensure it would be respected.

Ain al-Hilweh is an impoverished, overcrowded camp near the coastal city of Sidon, home to some 61,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 who fled the war in Syria.

By long-standing convention, Lebanon’s army does not enter Palestinian refugee camps, meaning many have turned into lawless areas.

See: 3 Killed During Lebanon Camp Clashes, Thousands Displaced for further info.

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