Agreement Reached to Ceasefire in Ain Al-Helwah Refugee Camp in Lebanon

Armed men walk in the streets of Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon.

Beirut, 23 Rabiul Awwal 1438/23 December 2016 (MINA) – Palestinian fighting factions have reached an agreement on a cease fire to be put into effect in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain Helweh in Lebanon after clashes that left at least four people dead and several others injured in the past 48 hours.

As per the agreement reported by Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA), all armed men would be pullout of the camp streets.

The clashes between Fatah Movement and the Islamist group Jund al-Sham erupted Wednesday and continued through Thursday.

Hilweh, is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. It had a population of over 70,000 Palestinian refugees but swelled to nearly 120,000,[1] as a result of influx of refugees from Syria since 2011.

The camp is suspected of being a popular destination for jihadist rebels fleeing neighbouring Syria, particularly after the Syrian Army, backed by the Shia Lebanese militia Hezbollah, regained control of Yabroud from the rebels in March 2014. (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)