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Fighting in Palestinian camp in south Lebanon kills five

Source: Reuters - Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:34 GMT
Author: Reuters
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In this 2012 file photo a Palestinian Fatah member walks past a wall decorated with graffiti at the Ain al Hilweh refugee camp near the port-city of Sidon in south Lebanon, June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ali Hahisho
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SIDON, Lebanon, April 7 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed in fighting on Monday between Palestinian factions in a refugee camp near Lebanon's southern city of Sidon, local sources said.

They said the fighting broke out between fighters from a group orginally linked to Palestinian President Mohammad Abbas's Fatah group and a rival militant organisation.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the clashes in the Mieh Mieh camp, in which at least 10 people were wounded.

Fatah and a range of Islamist factions compete for influence in Mieh Mieh and the nearby Ain al-Hilweh, two of the 12 Palestinian camps in Lebanon that are home to more than 200,000 registered refugees.

Tensions in the camps and in Lebanon as a whole have been been exacerbated by the conflict in neighbouring Syria. More than a million Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon along with many Palestinians, displaced by three years of war. (Reporting by Ali Hashisho)

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