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Extremist groups mobilized
in Ain al-Hilweh

LAF soldiers at the entrance to Ain al-Hilweh.

BEIRUT - Wanted militant Tawfiq Taha mobilized Islamic extremist cells in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon.

 

Taha mobilized the groups, which include more than 150 militants, to protect himself, after Abdullah Azzam Brigades member Naim Abbas revealed Taha’s role in a series terror acts, a well-informed source told NOW.

 

The militants are former members of the Fatah al-Islam terror group, and affiliated with fugitive Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir.

 

Taha has prepared a plan to counter intervention by Lebanese security forces or the Fatah Movement inside his areas of influence in the camp, which include the Al-Tawaree neighborhood.

 

According to the source, Taha and his group have erected more than 100 cameras in Ain al-Hilweh, and are capable of monitoring most of the camp as well as Lebanese army checkpoints.

LAF soldiers at the entrance to Ain al-Hilweh.

Taha has prepared a plan to counter intervention by Lebanese security forces or the Fatah Movement inside his areas of influence in the camp.