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Palestinian killed, Hamas official injured during armed clashes in Lebanon refugee camp

March 10, 2017 8:49 P.M. (Updated: March 14, 2017 5:50 P.M.)
BEIRUT (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was killed and an Hamas official was injured in the back on Friday afternoon when an exchange of fire erupted in the Palestinian Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp in southern Beirut.

Palestinian factions condemned the armed clashes in a statement, saying that the deadly incident was caused by a dispute between two local families and was not politically motivated.

The statement stressed the importance of the collaboration between the Lebanese army, and Lebanese and Palestinian factions in the refugee camp in order to achieve stability and security for residents.

Palestinians in Lebanon have the highest percentage of their population living in abject poverty from among the other countries the organization serves, according to UNRWA.

Facing discriminatory employment policies, Palestinians in Lebanon are restricted from working in over 20 professions or claiming the same rights as other non-citizens in Lebanon, while all the refugee camps suffer from overcrowding, poor housing conditions, and a lack of infrastructure.

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