April 12, 2017 / 5:07 PM / in a year

Palestinian force deploys in Lebanon camp, ending clashes

AIN EL-HILWEH, Lebanon (Reuters) - A Palestinian security force deployed into an area of a refugee camp in southern Lebanon where it had been battling Sunni Islamist militants, ending six days of lethal clashes on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said.

A man stands on a bullet-riddled building inside the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon, southern Lebanon, April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

The clashes at Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon have killed seven people.

The violence began on Friday when the joint Palestinian security force sought to deploy throughout the camp and met resistance from the Sunni Islamist Badr group.

The joint security force comprises the main Palestinian factions including Fatah, led by the West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Writing by Tom Perry, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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