Fri 15 September 2023:
In the Palestinian settlement of Ain Al-Helweh, which is close to the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, a truce was negotiated on Thursday after fighting there during the previous week killed about 20 lives, local media reported.
This followed a day of negotiations spearheaded by the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, according to the local L’Orient Today news website.
The truce took effect at 6 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) on the day and promptly silenced the firearms within the camp, according to the state-run National News Agency (NNA) on Thursday evening.
But the lull was broken with several shells fired at different time at night, said NNA, adding that the violation of the ceasefire agreement was limited.
The camp witnessed violent clashes on Wednesday afternoon and night, with heavy ammunition such as RPGs and automatic weapons used, leaving seven killed and 24 wounded.
Speaker Berri met with Hamas leaders, a Fatah Central Committee member, and Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabour on Thursday to discuss the clashes.
According to local media, over 20 people have been killed and more than 150 have been injured in the camp’s fresh wave of violence since September 7.
Clashes in the camp between members of the Palestinian Fatah group and Islamic activists killed at least 13 people and injured scores more between July 29 and August 3.
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