Palestinian factions in the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh succeeded Sunday in reaching a cease-fire agreement between the Fatah Movement and Jund al-Sham after an urgent meeting in Al-Nour Mosque.

The meeting was mediated by Hamas representative in Lebanon Ali Barakeh and officials from Asbat al-Ansar.

Earlier on Sunday, violent clashes renewed in the camp between the Fatah Movement and Jund al-Sham as efforts to mediate a cease-fire after Saturday clashes failed.

Several neighborhoods in the southern city of Sidon, including al-Baassiri and al-Njasa neighborhoods, went under prolific sniper early on Sunday.

The overnight clashes, which left 3 dead and 20 wounded, led to the outbreak of fires in homes and damage to properties and cars and had forced many Palestinians to flee to the city of Sidon.

Despite the agreement that was reached overnight in Ain el-Hilweh between the feuding parties, intermitted gunfire continued until midnight and it included hand grenades and sniper fire that forced the closure of a number of roads leading to the camp.

The Lebanese Army boosted its security presence at the entrances of Ain al-Hilweh, allowing only the wounded and those fleeing the battles to leave the camp.

 

Al-Manar

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