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5 Killed in Faction Fighting at Palestinian Refugee Camp

  • Reuters

Lebanese army soldiers man a checkpoint at the entrance of Mieh Mieh refugee camp near Lebanon's southern city of Sidon April 7, 2014.

Lebanese army soldiers man a checkpoint at the entrance of Mieh Mieh refugee camp near Lebanon's southern city of Sidon April 7, 2014.

At least five people were killed in fighting on Monday between Palestinian factions in a refugee camp near Lebanon's southern city of Sidon, local sources said.

They said the fighting broke out between fighters from a group orginally linked to Palestinian President Mohammad Abbas's Fatah group and a rival militant organization.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the clashes in the Mieh Mieh camp, in which at least 10 people were wounded. Fatah and a range of Islamist 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 been exacerbated by the conflict in neighboring 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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