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Violence in the Ain Al-Hilweh Camp

Since the end of July, the Ain Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon has been a scene of violence. Following a brief period of relative calm, recent days have witnessed a renewal and intensified clashes again, escalating to the point where at least ten people have been killed and several wounded. Numerous civilians have been forced to flee to safer areas. The refugee camp has been shaken by violence since last week. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the fighting has displaced thousands of families. Many have sought refuge in nearby mosques, schools and the Sidon Municipality building.

Ein el-Hilweh - one of 12 Palestinian refugee camps spread across Lebanon - is home to some 55,000 registered refugees, according to the United Nations. The Lebanese army has long stayed out of the Palestinian camps, leaving the factions to provide security. Amidst this dangerous situation, the DSPR-JCC centre in the camp continues its work, even though it is becoming more difficult, and the staff are exposed to greater dangers. For the last few days, one of the centre's students was among those killed in the camp.

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