Al-Akhbar: Ain al-Hilweh to “pay high
price” if linked to Iran embassy attack

BEIRUT - A pro-Hezbollah daily warned that the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp would “pay a high price” if residents of the Sidon camp were involved in the attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut.


“If extremists from Ain al-Hilweh were involved in the attack on the embassy, the price that will be paid by the residents of the camp will be high,” a security source told Al-Akhbar newspaper in remarks published Tuesday.


“Hezbollah will not remain silent, and neither will Iran,” the source added.


However, the source did not explain how Hezbollah or Iran would retaliate in that case, adding that “the door would open wide for war in different forms.”


“The war [in Ain al-Hilweh] would start with assassinations and killings,” the source added.


On November 19, two explosions rocked southern Beirut near the Iranian embassy, killing at least 25 people and injuring 147 others.


Another source said that political and military factions in the camp have been asked to get rid of a military leader, identified as Ahmad Taha, and his followers.


“A clear message was conveyed to the Palestinian factions in Ain al-Hilweh, to resolve the issue of Ahmad Taha and his group,” the source told Al-Akhbar.


“The factions were asked to expedite the expulsion of Ahmad Taha and his group from the camp,” he added.


It also warned that if the factions failed to do so, “a direct security intervention in the camp would be highly probable.”


Tension prevailed in the Ain al-Hilweh camp on Monday, as gunmen deployed in most of the camp’s streets, and UNRWA schools closed their doors.

Later Monday afternoon, reports emerged that gunmen attempted to assassinate a Jund al-Sham member identified as Ali Farhoud.

The incident came a day after an unknown masked gunman shot three members of the Fatah Movement in the Sidon camp, triggering a clash between the Fatah Movement and Jund as-Sham members.

Hezbollah will not remain silent, and neither will Iran.