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One dead in Lebanon camp bombing

Gunman in Ein al-Hilweh
The camp of 70,000 people is a stronghold of militant groups

A bomb has exploded in the Ein al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, killing a member of a militant organisation.

At least four others were reported injured in the blast, which damaged a small mosque in the camp.

It is the latest in a number of recent attacks at the Ein al-Hilweh camp, located near the city of Sidon.

Militant Islamist groups have been challenging the dominance of larger Palestinian factions in the camp.

Lebanese and Palestinian security officials said the attack occurred in the afternoon as Ahmed Mustafa Qassem walked near the al-Nour mosque. He was killed instantly.

He was a member of the small militant group called the Islamic Struggle Movement.

Ein al-Hilweh is the largest of Lebanon's camps, dating back to the aftermath of the Palestinian refugee crisis of 1948, when hundreds of thousands fled homes in what is now Israel.

The camps are largely under the under control of Palestinian militias. Lebanese security forces are not given freedom to operate inside them.


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