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Tensions high in Lebanon refugee camp

2011-12-18 17:52

Beirut - Security officials say tensions are running high in Lebanon's largest refugee camp after a shooting that killed a bodyguard of a prominent Palestinian.

A masked gunman shot and killed a bodyguard of the commander of the mainstream Fatah group's armed faction at the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon.

Three others were wounded in the shooting on Sunday, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

Armed clashes between rival factions in Ein el-Hilweh are common. The camp houses about 45 000 refugees.

There are rising concerns in Beirut that the conflict in neighbouring Syria could spill over into Lebanon, where political factions are deeply divided between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime.