Fatah official escapes death in Lebanon

SIDON, SOUTH LEBANON, Lebanon, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Fatah military official escaped assassination Friday at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh in southern Lebanon, security sources said.

The sources said Mahmoud Issa, code-named al-Lino, was not hurt when his former bodyguard opened fire in his direction. Ein el-Hilweh is the largest of Lebanon's 12 refugee camps which are outside the control of Lebanese authorities.


The would-be assassin broke away from Fatah several weeks ago when his brother, who belonged to an Islamic group called Jund al-Sham, was killed in a clash with Fatah fighters in the camp.

Jund al-Sham is a breakaway faction from the League of Partisans, which is another Muslim extremist group based in the camp and which is accused of cooperating with al-Qaida network.

Fatah officials said the camp's police called the Armed Struggle was looking for the assailant and will hand him over to Lebanese authorities.

In another incident, a Palestinian was killed when a hand grenade he was playing with exploded in the camp of al-Tawarek, which is adjacent to Ein el-Hilweh.

Security sources said two boys were also wounded in the explosion and were hospitalized.


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