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Palestinian premier: Refugee camps
under Lebanese authority

Fighters and residents gather along a street in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp outside Sidon after clashes last March. (AFP PHOTO/ Mahmoud Zayyat)
Hamdallah and Miqati

BEIRUT – Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah said Thursday that Palestinians in refugee camps on Lebanese soil respect the state’s authority.

 

“Palestinian camps are subject to Lebanese authority,” Hamdallah said on Thursday during a joint press conference with Lebanese caretaker Premier Najib Miqati.

 

“If any violations occur, they represent the individuals [who committed them] rather than all Palestinians,” he added.

 

In turn, Miqati welcomed his Palestinian counterpart who arrived earlier in the day at the Grand Serail, and said that “it is an honor for Lebanon to defend the Palestinians’ rights.”

 

However, Lebanon’s PM urged for a “reduction of [illegal acts] inside the Palestinian camps.”

 

A report published earlier on Thursday claimed that extremist Al-Qaeda-linked groups are recruiting scores of young men from Sidon’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp and training them.

 

Two Palestinians were arrested Sunday in Ain Al-Hilweh as they were planting an improvised explosive device near a residence belonging to members of Hezbollah’s Resistance Brigades.

Fighters and residents gather along a street in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp outside Sidon after clashes last March. (AFP PHOTO/ Mahmoud Zayyat)

Palestinian camps are subject to Lebanese authority.