Lebanese ‘Palestinian Camp’ Embroiled in Faction Gunbattles

Palestinian Arab factions in Israel have long shown bloody rivalries, such as the long-standing one between Hamas and Fatah, but the factionalism and violence is just as common among Palestinian Arabs in Lebanon.

A "ceasefire" was agreed upon in a meeting on Sunday in Lebanon's largest Palestinian "refugee camp," Ain al-Hilweh, located in Lebanon's south, reports the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency.

That ceasefire came after a day of serious clashes on Saturday, when three people were killed and no less than 18 others were wounded during a failed assassination attempt against Ashraf al-Armoushi, the Fatah security chief of the town.

The Jund al-Sham terrorist group reportedly tried to assassinate al-Armoushi; it is unclear if the group took part in the "ceasefire" talks, meaning the ceasefire may be one-sided in nature. Palestinian Authority (PA) ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabbour was said to have taken part in the talks.

Security forces were deployed in Ain al-Hilweh to prevent renewed clashes.

Al-Armoushi came under fire in the assassination attempt while attending a funeral. According to Lebanese media he emerged unscathed, but at least two Fatah members were killed and around 18 other residents were wounded in the following gun battles between the terror groups.

This is far from the first case of violence in Ain al-Hilweh, which has borne witness to several bloody incidents in recent months. Most recently, a senior Fatah terror leader Col. Talal al-Ourdouni was shot dead last month in the town during a drive-by shooting.

Lebanon has 12 "refugee camps" for Arab residents of Israel who left the country during the 1948 War of Independence and their descendants. According to a deal after the 1975-1990 civil war, the Lebanese army does not enter the camps, leaving Palestinian factions in charge of security.

"Palestinian refugees" are treated by a separate UN body, UNRWA, as opposed to UNHRC which deals with all other refugees around the world. Only those treated by UNRWA "inherit" refugee status infinitely, and are not integrated and naturalized into their host state, meaning the "refugee" issue is held in perpetuation. Currently the UNRWA says there are roughly 5 million "Palestinian refugees."

No UN organization was established to aid the 850,000 Jewish refugees who fled or were expelled from Arab countries following 1948, losing their property and possessions. Some communities, such as the Jewish community in Yemen, had been there for thousands of years.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199835

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