BEIRUT: A senior Fatah official Monday reinforced his party’s commitment to maintaining civil peace and security in the Tyre refugee camps, during a meeting with South Lebanon Public Prosecutor Judge Rahif Ramadan.
Brig. Gen. Toufic Abdallah said the Fatah Movement was committed to preventing refugee camps in Tyre from becoming safe havens for criminals, according to a statement from the party.
The 12 Palestinian refugee camps scattered across Lebanon are off-limits to the country’s security agencies, which instead cooperate with joint Palestinian security forces that police the camps.
Abdallah was accompanied by a delegation of Fatah officials for his meeting with Ramadan.
“We remain keen on the security and stability of our camps and their neighboring [areas],” Abdallah said.
Ramadan welcomed the delegation and said he appreciated Abdallah’s interest in cooperating to preserve security and civil peace in Tyre’s refugee camps and their surrounding areas.
The Fatah Movement and the Palestinian National Security forces have previously worked with Lebanese security forces in handing over wanted suspects in refugee camps, including cases involving drug trafficking and throwing hand grenades in Tyre’s Rashidieh camp.