Four Killed at Palestinian Camp in Lebanon Days After Blast

Palestinian sources said gunmen opened fire indiscriminately, while others reported that the incident developed after a conflict between Fatah and Hamas members, Lebanese state media reports

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Clashes in a Palestinian refugee camp of Burj Shamali in Lebanon on Sunday.
Clashes in a Palestinian refugee camp of Burj Shamali in Lebanon on Sunday.

Four people were killed and at least seven were injured in an exchange of fire that erupted on Sunday in the Palestinian refugee in Lebanon during the funeral of an engineer killed in an explosion there, Lebanon's state news agency reported.

The explosion rocked the Palestinian camp of Burj Shamali in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre on Friday night.

Palestinian sources in Lebanon reported that gunmen at the camp opened fire indiscriminately, while others reported that the incident developed following a conflict between Fatah members and Hamas members in the camp.

According to their testimony, the exchange of fire resulted in eight wounded. There are conflicting reports of casualties as a result of the shooting.

"Fatah gunmen deliberately opened fire against people taking part in the funeral march," one Hamas official said, asking not to be named.

There was no immediate response from the office of the Palestinian ambassador in Lebanon to a Reuters request for comment about the Hamas allegation.

A number of armed Palestinian factions, including Hamas and the Fatah movement, hold effective control over roughly a dozen Palestinian camps in Lebanon, which Lebanese authorities by custom do not enter.

Israeli security sources believe Hamas began developing its infrastructure in the Palestinian refugee camps of southern Lebanon in 2014, in a bid to enable the launch of rocket fire from the north in the event of confrontation in the Gaza Strip.

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