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Smoke billows in the Ain El-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp near Sidon, Lebanon, on August 23, 2015 (AFP Photo/Mahmoud Zayyat)

A car bomb exploded in the southern Lebanon city of Sidon, killing an official from the Palestinian Fatah movement on Tuesday, an official from the group said.

Photographs of the blast site near a Palestinian refugee camp showed scorched body parts lying near a car in flames.

Lebanon’s state news agency said a local official in Palestinian movement Fatah was killed in the car bomb. The man targeted was identified as General Fathi Zaydan, a Fatah official responsible for the Palestinian camp of Mieh Mieh in Sidon.

The official, killed by a bomb placed under his vehicle, was reportedly attending a security meeting in Mieh Mieh.

The Internal Security Forces called on citizens via Twitter to leave the explosion site in order to make way for ambulances to transfer those wounded to hospitals. The number of casualties hasn’t been identified yet.

The camp, which lies 4 km east of Sidon, is home to 5,250 Palestinian refugees, according to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which aids Palestinian refugees across the region.

The nearby Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh has repeastedly witnessed violent disputes between rival factions. One man was killed and others injured earlier this month when one such dispute escalated into gunbattles.