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Conflict Incident Report

Sidon on general strike as Ain al-Hilweh clashes subside

Date of incident: 
March 1, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Palestinian Civilians/Refugees
Future Current

Calm prevailed in Ain al-Hilweh in the southern city of Sidon after days of heavy clashes that rocked the Palestinian camp came to an end.

Sidon adhered to a call for general strike, declared by Future Movement MP Bahia Hariri, to protest against the security incidents in the Palestinian refugee camp.

Schools in the southern city suspended classes, while several shops closed.

A second truce deal managed to put an end to clashes between rival Palestinian gunmen in Ain al-Hilweh, which left one dead and wounded seven.

No gunshots were heard at the camp overnight as the residents observed a calm night.

Some of the residents, who fled their homes during the gunbattles, returned to the camp Wednesday morning to inspect the damage and their properties.

An eyewitness told The Daily Star that gunmen had remained on the streets, stationed outside their factions' headquarters.

UNRWA schools and clinics remained closed for the third consecutive day.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.