Three-day clashes in Lebanon's largest refugee camp raise death toll to 16

2023-08-01 11:15:53 | Last Update : 2023-08-01 11:25:57

The death toll from three days of clashes in the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon has risen to 11. According to officials, 40 people were injured, including one staff member. The clashes are between Palestinian President Abbas' Al-Fatah faction and armed extremist groups.

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens wounded in three days of clashes in Lebanon's Ain Al-Hilwah Palestinian refugee camp, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Monday.

Clashes erupted over the weekend between members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction and armed extremist groups in Lebanon's largest refugee camp.


Clashes continued on Monday and gunfire and bombs were heard, an AFP correspondent reported.

Officials said 11 people were reportedly killed and 40 wounded, including one staff member.

Operations in the camp have been 'temporarily suspended'.


Palestinian factions agreed to a ceasefire on Sunday, but it failed to materialize due to continued clashes with automatic weapons and rocket fire.

Initial reports put the death toll from the weekend violence at six.

On Monday, an AFP reporter said he saw dozens of people, mainly women and children, leaving the camp with light luggage and others taking refuge in a nearby mosque.

Originally set up to shelter Palestinians expelled from the area after the creation of Israel, the camp has in recent years been used to house Syrians fleeing the war. There are currently more than 54,000 refugees registered in the camp.

Source: The New Arab

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