Ain al-Hilweh explosion
injures Palestinian official

Ain al-Hilweh damage.

BEIRUT – A prominent security official in Sidon’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp was injured Tuesday after an explosive device detonated during the funeral ceremony of Fatah Movement member Mohammed Saadi.


Mahmoud Abdel Hamid Issa, alias Al-Lino, along with his bodyguard and two other men, was wounded by the IED that was placed at the entrance of the Darb al-Sim Cemetery, the National News Agency reported.


The report added that the man who planted the explosive device was killed in the blast.


The state news agency reported that the man who died was of Egyptian nationality, and is known by the nickname of Al-Buyumi.


Tension prevailed in the refugee camp following the explosions and several gunshots were fired, as the Palestinian Follow-up Committee intensified its calls to the camp’s officials in an attempt to avert any exacerbation of the situation.


Saadi's funeral was held two days after he was shot and killed by masked gunmen in a shootout that left two other Fatah members injured.


The incident sparked heightened tension in the camp as gunmen deployed in most of the camp’s streets, and UNRWA schools closed their doors Monday morning.


Later that day, a Palestinian man from the Saadi family fired opened fire and injured a man identified as Ali Abou al-Kaml in the camp’s Tehtani Street.

Damage caused by Tuesday's blast in Ain al-Hilweh. (Twitter)

Mahmoud Abdel Hamid Issa... was wounded by the explosion of the IED that was placed at the entrance of the Darb al-Sim Cemetery.