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A Palestinian girl gives a bouquet of flower to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) during his visit to Aamaq school, in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared near the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Hussein Malla/Pool

A dispute between rival political groups late on Friday in a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon turned into gunfire for the second time this week, killing one person and injuring others, state media reported.

The outburst of violence emerged after two men were shot dead in the same camp on Monday because of tensions between members of the mainstream Palestinian faction Fatah and a hardline jihadist group.

Lebanon’s National News Agency reported that Fatah member Hussein Othman was killed in Friday’s fighting between groups of armed men from rival factions.

Gunfire erupted again Saturday morning after having died down during Friday night, a Reuters witness said.
Ain al-Hilweh camp, home to more than 100,000 refugees, has regularly seen factional disputes spiral into deadly violence.

The impoverished camp, near the southern Lebanese coastal city of Sidon, has gained notoriety as a refuge for fugitives and for the settling of scores between factions.

The Lebanese army does not enter the camp under a tacit deal agreed after the 1975-1990 civil war. Palestinian factions are responsible for security.

Lebanon’s Palestinian camps mainly fall outside the jurisdiction of the Lebanese security services.