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Conflict Incident Report

Suspect killed in drug-related clash in Ain al-Hilweh

Date of incident: 
June 26, 2018
Death toll: 
1 person
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Palestinian Civilians/Refugees

A suspected drug dealer was shot dead during armed clashes between drug dealers in Sidon’s Ain al Hilweh refugee camp Tuesday night, a statement from the joint Palestinian security forces in the camp reported.
The joint security forces identified the man as Alaa Samir Ahmed, saying he was killed in a shootout in the camp’s Hay al-Sike neighborhood.
Informed sources told The Daily Star that in the wake of the clashes, members of the local Jund al-Sham militia arrested a number of drug dealers in the area after monitoring their movements.
The joint security forces said in the statement that they had established contacts with various parties in the camp, leading to the handover of a number of individuals involved in the clashes.
The state-run National News Agency reported that two suspects were handed over to Lebanese Army Intelligence at one of the camp's gates, near Sidon's government hospital.
The joint Palestinian security forces are made up of a number of Palestinian factions within Ain al-Hilweh, primarily the Fatah Movement, and are in charge of maintaining security and stability inside the camp. They are present in most of the 12 Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon which, out of custom, Lebanese security forces do not enter.

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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.