2 dead in truce breach at Lebanon Palestinian camp
SIDON, Lebanon - Agence France-Presse
Black smoke rises during a clashes that erupted between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and Islamists in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. AP PhotoTwo people were killed when gunmen briefly opened fire in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, breaching a tense ceasefire, Palestinian sources said on Aug. 27.
A source from the Fatah Palestinian faction said a Fatah official and a civilian had been killed in fire by "unidentified gunmen" overnight in Ain al-Hilweh in southern Lebanon.
The breach threatened a ceasefire that ended several days of clashes between Fatah and an Islamist group in the camp.
Palestinian officials said the ceasefire remained in place despite the breach and that high-level contacts were made during the night to ensure it would be respected.
Ain al-Hilweh is an impoverished, overcrowded camp near the coastal city of Sidon, home to some 61,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 who fled the war in Syria.
By long-standing convention, Lebanon's army does not enter Palestinian refugee camps, meaning many have turned into lawless areas.