Senior Palestinian official killed in Lebanon: state media

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 10, 2014 3:10 PM

AIN EL-HILWEH, Lebanon (Reuters) - A high-ranking military official from the Palestinian group Fatah was killed on Monday by gunmen in southern Lebanon, Lebanese state media said.

Brigadier General Jamil Zeidan died in hospital after unidentified assailants shot him in Ain El-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.

A senior Fatah official confirmed Zeidan's death to Reuters.

Shootings and armed clashes are not uncommon in the camp, which houses about 50,000 refugees. Fighters supporting the mainstream Fatah party often clash with militant Islamists.

Hostilities in the camp have increased as regional tensions rise, with violence spilling over from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

(Reporting by Abdel-Halim al-Shihabi; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)