Hamas calls for expulsion of all Lebanese fugitives from Ain El Helweh camp

Ain El Helweh Palestinian Refugee camp
Ain El Helweh Palestinian Refugee camp
Hamas called for expulsion of all wanted Lebanese nationals from the Palestinian Refugee camp of Ain El Helweh in south Lebanon and urged the Lebanese government to halt the construction of the wall around the camp.

“The political leadership of the Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas] outside of Palestine held an urgent meeting headed by Maher Salah, in which a number of important decisions were taken,” a statement from the movement said on Wednesday .

The movement also called for an investigative committee to be formed to discover who was responsible for the death of Mohammad Zawari. Zawari, a Tunisian scientist and drone expert with ties to the movement, was killed in Tunisia in December 2016.

In respect to the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, “especially in Ain al-Hilweh,” the committee criticized the building of a wall surrounding the camp “despite multiple promises that [construction] would be halted.”

Lebanon's military announced the construction of the wall on Monday and that it will take approximately 15 months to complete. The refugee camp, named Ain al-Helweh, is located in southern Lebanon near the city of Sidon.
Lebanon’s military announced the construction of the wall on Monday and that it will take approximately 15 months to complete. The refugee camp, named Ain al-Helweh, is located in southern Lebanon near the city of Sidon.

The committee said it was committed to securing a safe and stable Lebanon, as well as ensuring the stability of the camps inside the country. “We call for the rebuilding of Nahr al-Bared and the exit of wanted suspects from the camps,” the statement added.

Nahr al-Bared is a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon, which was seriously damaged by clashes between the Lebanese Army and Islamist Palestinian factions in 2007.

The 2007 Lebanon conflict began when fighting broke out between Fatah al-Islam, an Islamist militant organization, and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on May 20, 2007 in Nahr al-Bared, an UNRWA Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli.

It was the most severe internal fighting since Lebanon’s 1975–90 civil war. The conflict revolved mostly around the siege of Nahr el-Bared, but minor clashes also occurred in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon and several terrorist bombings took place in and around Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. Fighting ended in September 2007.

Cairo accord
According to the so called Cairo accord the Lebanese armed forces are not authorized to enter the camps and the government claims fugitives are residing within it. Loyalists belonging to various political factions live in the camp.

The Cairo accord was an agreement reached on 2 November 1969 during talks between Yassir Arafat and the Lebanese army commander General Emile Bustani. Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser helped to broker the deal.

Under the agreement all the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon were removed from the stern jurisdiction of the Lebanese army’s Deuxième Bureau and placed under the authority of the Palestinian Armed Struggle Command

  • Hind Abyad

    Time to put order in Ain el Helweh, protecting camps from infiltrators and fugitives should have been done long ago.

    • Sex & Chocolate

      Hind Abyad, the structure of the 1967 accord is ground zero for lawlessness that permits everything from fugitives or infiltrators criminals and thugs, if such loophole is given to any people in any society or country you create a fertile ground for criminal activity that is bad for civilians inside and outside those walls, from personal experience I can tell you I have been through road checks on visits to Lebanon and depending where you are you are treated as a suspect and a criminal except if you are at a Lebanese army check point it is consistent with respectful professionals that are made up from a blend of all Lebanese people, WHY were they NOT permitted to take care of business when there is trouble on ANY location inside the Lebanese border? because Egypt wished it? because Arafat asked it ? stupid loophole that resulted in thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians dead, decades later how many decisions can be made in Lebanon today without influence and permission from Syria or Iran.

  • יוסף בן-ישראל

    Give the Lebanese citizenship to these palestinians, in replacement of the Jews who left Lebanon when things came hard for them, living there. That will be a fair balance.

    • Niemals

      The fair balance will never occur, https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5131ac19ddcef6c8665d0eeb760ffadaabeac80f29c45b2afb25b0ede63fafe3.jpg just because they did not signed the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention.

    • Hind Abyad

      You know nothing about ME.
      Bible Talmud Torah- Not History books.
      Please, we don’t need Rabbis.

      • יוסף בן-ישראל

        And you are a young ignorant my dear. Without our Torah there would be no Jesus, no Christianity, no Islam too BTW. Don’t you know that ?

        • Hind Abyad

          I do, te results are Bolshevism and Zionisms today’s Pharisee. Christian killers

          • יוסף בן-ישראל

            According to my history lectures, Christians killed much much more Jews than Jews killed Christians. I will not make you the list but you can find it on internet.