The Lebanese National News Agency reported that two people were killed and others wounded in armed clashes that broke out early this morning in the Rashidieh camp for Palestinian refugees near the city of Tire (southern Lebanon), while it was reported that the spark of the confrontations was an attempt to arrest a wanted man in a drug case.
The agency said that Fatah movement and other Palestinian factions are working to besiege the clashes, noting the use of machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and hand grenades.
In addition to the two killed, 6 others were wounded, and the Palestinian factions intervened inside the camp in order to stop the exchange of fire.
They stated that the wanted man is holed up inside his house, and that negotiations are taking place with him to turn himself in.
Causes of confrontations
Palestinian sources inside the camp said that the clash took place against the backdrop of a competition between drug dealers.
For its part, the Lebanese bulletin website quoted Palestinian sources as saying that armed confrontations erupted after the Fatah movement raided a Palestinian house wanted in drug trafficking cases.
The same sources said that a number of Palestinian families were trapped inside their homes in the area of clashes in the camp.
From time to time, some Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon witness security tensions for various reasons, but for the most part they are surrounded.
It is noteworthy that Rashidieh is the second largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon in terms of population.