Palestinian Official Killed in Lebanon Blast

Fatah member died from bomb placed under his car, official says.

Security and civil defense members inspect a car wreck after an explosion that killed Fathi Zaydan, a Fatah official responsible for the Palestinian camp of Mieh Mieh in Sidon, southern Lebanon, April 12, 2016.
Ali Hashisho / Reuters

REUTERS -- A bomb in the southern Lebanon city of Sidon killed an official from the Palestinian Fatah movement on Tuesday, an official from the group said.

The man was identified as Fathi Zaydan, a Fatah official responsible for the Palestinian camp of Mieh Mieh in Sidon. A photograph of the blast site near a Palestinian refugee camp showed a man's body lying next to a burning vehicle.

The official said he was killed by a bomb placed under his vehicle. Mieh Mieh camp, 4 kilometers east of Sidon, is home to 5,250 Palestinians, according to the United Natins Relief and Works Agency, which aids Palestinian refugees across the region.

The nearby Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh has regularly been the scene of violent disputes between rival factions. One man was killed and others injured earlier this month when one such dispute escalated into gun battles.