Official: Palestinian refugees in Lebanon not taking sides
Published Sunday 24/06/2012 (updated) 25/06/2012 21:37
Lebanese soldiers take up positions after Palestinians threw stones at the
army post and started a fire at the entrance of the Ain al Hilweh refugee
camp near the port-city of Sidon, in south Lebanon, on June 19, 2012 to
protest the recent clashes that happened between Lebanese army soldiers
and Palestinians in another refugee camp in Lebanon. (Reuters/Ali Hashisho)
BEIRUT (Ma'an) -- Senior Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad said Sunday that he was working with Lebanese political and security officials to defuse the situation in a Palestinian refugee camp, where fighting had recently erupted.
Al-Ahmad told official PA radio station Voice of Palestine that he agreed with Lebanese officials that Palestinian refugees were not taking sides in any political disagreements in Lebanon.
The official blamed an unnamed third party for trying to stir troubles taking advantage of the internal turmoil in Lebanon and the ongoing disorder in Syria. He said the Lebanese army were not involved in the crisis.
At least two Palestinians were killed in Nahr al-Bared camp last week as clashes broke out between the Lebanese army and residents.
A camp resident was killed earlier in clashes which erupted after the Lebanese military tried to stop a fight between two Palestinians at the camp, residents said.
Earlier he had blamed unrest on Arab Islamist groups, and compared the situation to the conflict in Syria.