Palestinian armed groups start gunfight at a militant’s funeral (VIDEO…
at the minimum three people were killed and several others wounded after competitor Palestinian armed groups Hamas and Fatah clashed during a funeral at a refugee camp in Lebanon on Sunday.
Fatah gunmen “shot at the funeral procession” at the Burj el-Shemali camp, outside the southern port city of Tyre, Hamas official Raafat al-Murra said.
at the minimum three Hamas members were killed in the attack, while six people were wounded, according to al-Murra. Some local media outlets put the death toll at four.
Footage from the scene showed panicking people fleeing to safety, with the sound of intense gunfire audible in the background.
A large crowd had gathered to bury a Hamas member, who died in an explosion that moved the camp on Friday.
The group said the blast had been caused by an electrical fault at a warehouse storing oxygen for Covid-19 patients.
However, reports in Israeli media and in other places insisted that it was truly an arms depot that blew up.
Despite both claiming to strive for an independent Palestinian state, Hamas and Fatah have been in conflict since 2007.
Back then, Hamas took control of Gaza after a week of deadly fighting, while Fatah remained active in the West Bank and Palestinian refugee camps in the vicinity.
Around 192,000 Palestinian refugees currently reside in 12 refugee camps in Lebanon, according to UN data.
An agreement prevents the Lebanese military from operating at those facilities, with security inside provided by the Palestinian factions.
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