BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – Intense clashes broke-out between rival Palestinian factions inside the ‘Ayn Al-Hulwe Refugee Camp, local activists reported on Wednesday.
According to local reports, the clashes in the ‘Ayn Al-Hulwe Camp in Saida, Lebanon were between Harakat Fatah and the jihadist Bilal Badr militant group.
An Al-Manar correspondent reported clashes in the Al-Tireh neighborhood on Wednesday, noting that RPGs (Rocket-propelled grenade) and gunfire were heard in Saida and its suburbs.
A deal was announced earlier on Tuesday, following a meeting for Palestinian factions who agreed to dissolve the so-called “security zone” of the militant group of Bilal Badr, which has been engaged in deadly clashes with Fatah movement and different fighters of the Palestinian Joint Security Force since Friday.
The agreement between the factions led Bilal Badr to flee the Al-Tireh neighborhood of the camp in return for the recently re-established joint security forces to deploy.
However, the deployment of the Joint Force was delayed after Badr insurgents fired shots at the Joint Security Force members to block their entry on Tuesday.
The 100-member-force Joint Security Force includes members of Fatah Movement, Hamas, Osbat al-Ansar and other nationalist and Islamist Palestinian groups.
Tensions have been high in Sidon since last Friday, when Badr group opened fire on the Joint Security Force fighters as they were deploying in Al-Tireh neighborhood, as a part of an agreement following an earlier battle which lasted for days in the refugee camp last February.