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Lebanon: Can latest truce calm tensions in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian camp?

The fighting between rival factions inside Ain al-Hilweh had been ongoing for five days, with the Lebanese army threatening to take action after some of its military bases were hit by rockets.

BEIRUT — Another truce halted fighting in Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp Monday afternoon, pausing the violence that had resumed after a weekend cease-fire collapsed.

The announcement came after a meeting between the interim director of Lebanon’s General Security, Elias Baissari, and representatives of the Joint Palestinian Action Committee of all Palestinian factions in Lebanon to discuss the outbreak of violence in the camp.

Committee member Ali Faisal told local reporters after the meeting that the attendees had agreed to another cease-fire in the camp and vowed to hand over to the General Security wanted individuals holed up there.

Violence between rival Palestinian factions broke out on Thursday evening, nearly a month after similar clashes erupted when Fatah accused Islamist groups of assassinating one of its leaders in the camp on July 30.

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