Clashes in Lebanon refugee camp, one killed

By REUTERS
December 18, 2011 18:53




AIN EL-HILWEH, Lebanon - Sporadic clashes broke out between armed factions in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp on Sunday after the bodyguard of an official there was killed, a witness and security officials said.

Fighters supporting the mainstream Fatah party clashed with gunmen suspected of belonging to extremist Islamist parties, shooting at each other and firing rocket propelled grenades in Ain el-Hilweh in southern Lebanon.

Armed clashes are common in the camp, which houses 50,000 refugees, and militant Islamists are known to operate there.


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