Fierce clashes rock Pales­tinian refugee camp

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SI­DON | Res­i­dents fled the largest Pales­tinian refugee camp in Le­banon on Sun­day as clashes be­tween se­cu­rity forces and rad­i­cal Is­lamists in­ten­si­fied for the third day.

Am­bu­lances rushed the wounded to hospi­tals near the Ein el-Hil­weh camp in the port city of Si­don, and Le­banon’s state-run Na­tional News Agency re­ported that four peo­ple were killed since the fight­ing be­gan Fri­day.

Fight­ers armed with as­sault ri­fles and truck-mounted rocket-pro­pelled grenades traded fire in­side.

Traces of vi­o­lence spilled be­yond the camp’s boundaries, and Le­banon’s au­thor­i­ties closed the high­way con­nect­ing the city to southern Le­banon. Si­don’s gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal was struck by a rocket.

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