Blast kills Palestinian official in Lebanon

More than 450,000 Palestinians are registered in Lebanon with the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, and most live in squalid conditions in 12 official refugee camps.

The camps are administered by Palestinian officials and security forces, rather than Lebanese authorities.

In recent years, tensions have grown between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement and the Jund al-Sham group, especially in the Ain al-Hilweh camp, which is also near Sidon.

The rival factions in Ain al-Hilweh have clashed several times in the past year, with each side accusing the other of assassination attempts.

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