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Man accused of involvement in deadly clashes in Ain al-Hilweh arrested

A man walks through an Ain al-Hilweh neighborhood during a cease-fire in the August clashes. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: A Palestinian fugitive who previously escaped from detention after suspected participation in deadly clashes was arrested Thursday by Islamic factions of the Palestinian Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, sources from the camp said.

The sources also said that, in an unrelated incident, three other fugitives fled the camp.

The Palestinian fugitive, identified as Mohammad Jamal Hammad, was transferred to the hospital immediately after his first arrest, and was receiving treatment for wounds incurred during the clashes, when he managed to escape despite being under heavy security watch.

After fleeing security forces, Hammad allegedly returned to the camp and caused another armed conflict, which lead to the death of two people from the Hamad and Shraidi families, according to the sources.

Back in February, Hammad allegedly killed one resident of Ain al-Hilweh and injured two others, during clashes that erupted after a failed assassination attempt. Amid the chaos, Hammad tried to kill a member of the Fatah Movement, but accidentally killed another man, sources previously told The Daily Star.

He was handed over Thursday to the Army’s Nabaa checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the camp.

Camp sources told The Daily Star Thursday that three fugitives meanwhile escaped for Turkey, but their means and time of escape remained unknown.

The escapees include two members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, identified as Lebanese national Abd al-Rahman Ali Haidar, born in 1987, and Palestinian Khaled Samir al-Salem, born in 1989, as well as a supporter of radical Islamist preacher Ahmad al-Assir, identified as Palestinian Saleh Mohammad, born in 1987.

 

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