Clashes between Palestinian factions kill at least 4 in Lebanon

11:03, February 16, 2010      

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At least four people were killed on Monday after clashes broke out between two Palestinian factions in the refugee camp of Ain al-Helweh in southern Lebanon, local media reported.

The state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that a clash occurred between Fatah and Isbat al-Ansar at the Palestinian camp near the southern Lebanese city of Saida, saying that machine guns and rocket shells were used.

Local MTV TV channel said at least four people were killed and several were injured during the two-hour clashes.

An anonymous source told local news site Now Lebanon later that the rival Palestinian factions in the camp met and agreed to a ceasefire. The source also said a woman was killed during the clashes, adding that the factions shot rocket-propelled grenades.

Sobhi Abu Arab, a Fatah military official in Lebanon, said his party is committed to the ceasefire.

In May 2007, the Lebanese army was engaged in fierce battle which lasted several months with groups of Fatah al-Islam at the Palestinian camp of Nahr el-Bared, northern part of the country.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) lists nearly 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Most of them live in 12 camps across the country.

Source: Xinhua
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