One killed, six wounded in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon


One child was killed and at least six people wounded in violent clashes between Fatah and Islamist groups that erupted Saturday afternoon in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in south Lebanon, a security source told Xinhua.

The clashes erupted between members of the Fatah organization and Jund al-Sham, an Islamist group operating inside the camp, which is located on the outskirts of Lebanon’s southern city of Sidon.

The camp, a haven for outlaws and extremist groups, witnessed on Friday an unsuccessful attempt on the life of the head of Fatah ‘s military wing inside the camp, Colonel Mahmoud Abdel-Hamid Issa, better known as “Lino”.

The security source said Lino was targeted by another Islamist group banned by the Lebanese authorities, Fatah al-Islam.

Palestinian security authorities have shot and arrested two members from Fatah al-Islam as they tried to plant a bomb outside Lino’s office.

In 2007, the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon was reduced to rubble and thousands of Palestinians and Lebanese were forced to flee in violent clashes between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam.

The source said violent clashes in Ain al-Hilweh were ongoing Saturday.