Seven Dead in Clashes Between Rival Palestinian Groups in Lebanon

Commander of armed group is among those killed, security officials say.

Shoppers walk along the main street of the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon January 11, 2014.Reuters

Lebanese security officials say clashes in a Palestinian refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon have killed seven people, including the commander of an armed group.

The officials say at least 10 others were wounded in Monday's fighting in Mieh Mieh, which broke out between supporters of a former commander of the mainstream Palestinian group Fatah and members of a rival armed group, Ansarullah.

The officials say heavy machineguns and rocket propelled grenades were used in the fighting. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Fighting between rival groups is common across Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee camps.

The army blocked all roads leading to the camp later Monday in an effort to contain the fighting.