Clashes in Ayn al-Hilweh Camp in Lebanon, dozens of casualties

AYN AL-HILWEH, Lebanon — The situation in the Ayn al-Hilweh Palestinian Refugee Camp in southern Lebanon remains tense as armed clashes between Palestinian factions continue. Despite efforts by both Lebanese and Palestinian authorities to control the situation and restore calm to the camp, the clashes have intensified, leading to an increased death toll of 11 and over 40 wounded since the clashes began on Saturday.

Reports from Lebanese media indicate that the clashes are between members of the Fatah movement and an extremist group in the camp. A truce was reached between the two parties on Sunday evening, but unfortunately, it did not hold for long as the violence resumed.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reported that the ongoing clashes have caused families to flee the area in fear of indiscriminate shelling.

In response to the escalating situation, Lebanese authorities are making efforts to mediate and put an end to the fighting between the Palestinian factions and Lebanese parties in the camp. Additionally, the Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabbour arrived in the city of Sida on Monday to help manage the situation in the camp.

As the situation remains highly volatile, both Lebanese and Palestinian authorities are working diligently to find a resolution and restore peace and stability to Ayn al-Hilweh camp.