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Shootout in Lebanon Between Hizbullah, Palestinian Arabs

Hizbullah terrorists and Palestinian Arabs in Lebanon exchanged gunfire in the Beirut suburb of Bourj al-Barajneh Monday night.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 9/13/2011, 1:12 AM

Village in southern Lebanon
Village in southern Lebanon
Flash 90

Hizbullah terrorists and Palestinian Arabs in Lebanon exchanged gunfire in the “refugee camp” of Bourj al-Barajneh Monday night.

Dozens were injured in clashes that erupted between Palestinian Arabs and members of the Hizbullah terrorist organization Monday evening in Bour al-Barajneh, a southern suburb of Beirut, an area controlled by Hizbullah.

A Lebanese security source told the German Press Agency DPA heavy gunfire has been reported, and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) were being used. Security forces are reportedly unable to access the area.

There are at least 367,000 PA Arabs living in Lebanon in more than 12 so-called “refugee camps” across the country. Internecine clashes are not uncommon

Lebanon's Future News television station reported that members of the Al-Ahbash terrorist group were also involved in the shootout. It is not clear what ignited the clash. Al-Ahbash is a religious sect and a political party in Lebanon that follows the teachings of Abdallah al-Harari al-Habashi, their first leader, who came to Lebanon from Ethiopia. The belief system combines elements of Sunni and Shi'ite theology with Sufi'ism. It is a pro-Syrian group that also maintains a conciliatory attitude towards the West, and an anti-Salafi religious stance. As a result, the group is highly controversial.