Tens injured in clashes between Palestinians and Hezbollah


Tens of people were injured Monday in clashes between members of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and those from a Palestinian fundamentalist group in Al-Akrad neighborhood of Bourj al-Barajneh a southern suburb of Beirut, Future News reported

The TV station identified Al-Ahbash ( also known as Habashis, Jam’iyyat al- Mashari’ al-Khayriyya al-Islamiyya or Association of Islamic Charitable Projects ) as one of the Islamic fundamentalist group that took part in the clashes.

A Lebanese security source told the German Press Agency dpa that the fight broke out near the Palestinian camp of Bourj al-Barajneh, an area controlled by Hezbollah.

Witnesses told dpa that rocket-propelled grenades were being used and heavy gunfire could be heard across the area. They said security forces were unable to access the area.

A similar clash between Hezbollah and the Syrian backed Al-Ahbash took place in August 2010

It was the first such clash between Hezbollah and a Palestinian group in Lebanon. There are an estimated 367,000 Palestinian refugees living in 12 camps across Lebanon.

Update: Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya issued a statement on Monday saying that it did not engage in the clashes with Hezbollah.

The movement also said that it would only use weapons against the Zionist enemy and called on media stations to be more precise in their reporting.

Some TV and radio stations reported on Monday Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya were involved in the clashes with Hezbollah .

DPA, agencies