Palestinians killed during funeral at Lebanon refugee camp

Dec 13, 2021: Three Hamas members were killed Sunday as gunfire erupted at a funeral procession for a member of the movement who was killed in an explosion at a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon.

Hamas official Rafat al-Mara said members of the rival Tehreek-e-Fatah had opened fire on a funeral procession for a Palestinian killed in an explosion at the Burj al-Shamali camp outside the port city of Tyre on Friday. Six people were wounded, he added.

Hamas and Fatah have been at odds since 2007 when the former defeated party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in parliamentary elections in besieged Gaza Strip.

An electrical short circuit in a store containing oxygen supplies for COVID patients caused Friday’s blast, Hamas had said, denying reports that an arms depot blew up.

The explosion blackened the walls and shattered the windows of a nearby mosque.

According to a Palestinian official, one man died of his injuries from the explosion, which also left several people wounded.

On Sunday, mourners had been out on the streets of the Burj al-Shemali camp, shouting pro-Hamas slogans.

Armed elements of both Fatah and Hamas had been deployed before the funeral.

Lebanon is home to tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. Many live in the 12 refugee camps that are scattered across the small Mediterranean country.

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