Smoke billows from Ain El-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp near Lebanon's southern port city of Sidon during fighting between members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement and Islamist militants on August 25, 2015. Tensions between Islamists and Fatah have risen in recent months in the refugee camp. In July, two people were killed in clashes between the two sides. AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT

Tensions are at an extreme high in the ‘Ayn Al-Hulwe Refugee Camp in the Lebanese city of Saida after the assassination of a Fatah member on Monday

The situation began when a member of Fatah Al-Islam that is loyal to Bilal Al-Badr assassinated Hamza al-Natour of Harakat Fatah; this led to an increase in violence inside the ‘Ayn Al-Hulwe Camp.

Following the assassination, clashes erupted between unknown gunmen along several streets in the ‘Ayn Al-Hulwe Camp; this resulted in the wounding of local bystander Shadi Al-Khatib.

Palestinian security forces inside the camp are attempting to calm the situation, but have been unable to dissipate the violence.

 

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