Row in Le­banese Pales­tinian camp turns deadly

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Eight people killed in fight­ing be­tween Pales­tinian fac­tions in a refugee camp near south­ern city of Si­don.At least eight people have been killed in fight­ing be­tween Pales­tinian fac­tions in a refugee camp near Le­banon’s south­ern city of Si­don, sources from the mil­i­tary told Al Jazeera.

The sources said the fight­ing broke out on Mon­day be­tween fighters from a group orginally linked to Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas’s Fatah group and a ri­val or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin, reporting from Beirut, said among those killed was Ah­man Rashid, a leader of a new armed group Al Awda Bri­gade in the camp. Also killed as Rashid’s brother Rashid Rashid and a body­guard.

Sources said the clashes was trig­gered by fac­tional ri­val­ries in the Pales­tinian camp. At least 11 people were wounded.

The camp re­mains cor­doned off by the Le­banese mil­i­tary.

Fatah and a range of other fac­tions com­pete for in­flu­ence in Mieh Mieh and the nearby Ain al-Hil­weh, two of the 12 Pales­tinian camps in Le­banon that are home to more than 200,000 reg­is­tered refugees.

Ten­sions in the camps and in Le­banon as a whole have been een ex­ac­er­bated by the con­flict in neigh­bour­ing Syria.

More than a mil­lion Syr­ian refugees have poured into Le­banon along with many Pales­tini­ans, dis­placed by three years of war.

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