Ain al-Hilweh truce collapses and "Fateh" refuses to end the tension

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 12 April, 2017
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ElDorar AlShamia:

Clashes erupted in the camp of Ain al-Hilweh in southern Lebanon, between the joint security force and Bilal Badr group, because of the insistence of the "Fatah" to resolve the situation militarily.

According to the National News Agency of Lebanon, the clashes were renewed last night in the camp of Ain al-Hilweh, between the joint force and the Fatah movement on the one hand, and the group of Bilal Badr on the other, after the deployment of the joint force in the district of Tira, because of the security violations recorded hours after the meeting of the united political leadership of Palestine.

The clashes continued intermittently throughout the night on the axis of the Tairi and Jabal al-Halib area, to return clashes and raging this morning, where rockets and machine guns were used, pointing to the rising clouds of smoke in the sky, as a result of the burning of  houses.

These developments come hours after the meeting of the Palestinian political leadership, where it decided to deploy the joint force in the district of Tairi, and consider Badr as a wanted person and pursued, and work on his arrest and handover.

Fateh obstructs the ceasefire

In the same context, the imam of the Jerusalem mosque in Saida, Sheikh Maher Hamoudan, accused the Fatah movement in Lebanon of obstructing the cease-fire in Ain al-Hilweh camp.

"The agreement that held yesterday collapsed because the Fatah movement did not agree," Sheikh Hamoudan said in a radio interview. "They agreed to the agreement on paper, but those on the ground are not prepared to implement this plan, even though they have no alternative."

 "The situation in the Ain al-Hilweh camp has been the same from Friday evening until now, and it varies between tension and lightness," Sheikh Hamoudan said.

Sheikh Hamoudan said that "the Islamic activist Bilal Badr was weak, and his real strength was in the security box where he was barred, and if he came out he would not be able to create a new force," declaring that the truce failed and the joint security forces did not deploy.

For his part, Brigadier General Mahmoud Issa, nicknamed the "Lino" attributed to the Fatah leader, "Mohammed Dahlan" to the channel "al-Mayadeen" about all rumors of a cease-fire are incorrect, and added: We have not yet to any plan and the military confrontation is still valid for all factions.

The “Tehtani” street of Ain al-Hilweh saw a sit-in yesterday to a number of the camp residents and supporters of the Fatah movement, in support of the decision to resolve militarily against the Bilal Badr group, and to demand the final termination of the situation, according to the Lebanese Information Agency.

It is noteworthy that the Lebanese newspaper "An-Nahar" quoted on Tuesday, Palestinian sources as saying: The Fatah movement seeks to break into Tairi and control over by force, despite being informed that Badr and his gunmen withdrew from the camp, and the reason may be to record a victory.

The clashes stopped at dawn yesterday in Ain al-Hilweh, after the withdrawal of Bilal Badr and his group from his main stronghold in the district of Tairi, and kept away from sight, and the deployment of the joint force in the entire neighborhood.

Warning of the seriousness of the field situation on the refugees

The International Organization for the Support of the Rights of the Palestinian People (AMHD) warned of the serious repercussions that could result from the violent clashes taking place in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.

The international community called upon all parties to ensure that the security and safety of the Palestinian refugees is not compromised and that this is given precedence over any security considerations, especially in light of the regional situation, and to prevent the painful experiences of the Palestinian refugees in the Bared and Yarmouk camps.

It also called on the Palestinian leadership to intervene effectively and quickly to ensure the return of security and tranquility to Ain El-Hilweh camp. This will allow for the safe return of Palestinian refugees to their homes and properties in the camp, neutralizing Palestinian camps and protecting them from vandalism and destruction.

At the same time, it called on the international community to ensure that Palestinian refugees enjoy comprehensive international protection through the development of UNRWA's mandate, as well as the extension of the mandate of the International Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to Palestinian refugees wherever they may be.

The clashes that took place since last Friday in the camp resulted in the deaths of about 8 people, including 3 from the PLO and more than 40 wounded.