Lebanon troops open fire on Palestinians protesting camp’s closure

Lebanon’s national news agency NNA reported Saturday that Lebanese security forces opened fire on protesters who threw stones at their vehicles, later adding that two Palestinians were killed and 11 people were wounded.

Residents of Marjayoun, Lebanon’s largest refugee camp for Palestinian refugees, have long complained of being ignored by authorities. Protesters blocked the roads leading into Marjayoun after Palestinian factions clashed overnight in the neighboring town of Bint Jbeil.

Protesters burning tires are seen at the entrance of Marjayoun, Lebanon, during clashes between Palestinian factions and security forces after clashes broke out late Friday at the refugee camp. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Over 9,000 Palestinians live in Marjayoun, Lebanon, according to a report released this week by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

The decision to close the camp was made after authorities could not assure “that there would be a peaceful end to the sit-in,” NNA reported, citing Amine Haddad, an official from Lebanon’s Interior Ministry. The majority of the refugees were living in tents while others had no shelter but were living in makeshift shelters.

President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the move.

Mr. Abbas tweeted late Saturday, “today we mourn the people who paid the ultimate price.”

In a tweet Saturday morning, Vice President, Aoun praised security forces for firing on “the attempts to break the deadlock.”

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