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Conflict Incident Report

Sniper fire terrorizes Sidon neighbourhoods after bloody night

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Tensions at Ain el-Helweh (starting August 7, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 23, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Armed militants
Palestinian Civilians/Refugees

NNA field correspondent to the southern city of Sidon reported that at around 8 a.m. on Sunday the neighbourhoods of Baasiry and Njassa fell under heavy sniper fire which did not spare Martyrs' Square as well as the roads and building facing Ayn el Helwe Camp. Despite a ceasefire agreement reached during the night, intermittent clashes continued well into the night between Fatah Movement and Jound el Sham. RPGs and grenades were used in the fighting, while sniper fire cut off most of the roads of the Palestinian refugee camp. The clashes left three dead and 20 injured people in critical condition. Fires ravaged through homes and cars and properties were left damaged. Many Palestinians were forced to go into the city of Sidon. Even the Lebanese Armed Forces were not spared, as fires targeted their posts at the entrances of the Camp. The LAF retaliated to the source of fire.

Primary category: 
Clashes/Armed Conflict
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.