Lebanon's Parliament Speaker brokers ceasefire deal in Ain al-Hilweh
The end of military actions is scheduled to go into force at 6:00 PM Beirut time.
An agreement has been successfully brokered to implement a ceasefire within the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp after eight consecutive days of armed clashes, Al Mayadeen correspondent reported
The deal to halt military actions will go into effect at 6:00 PM (Beirut time) and was the outcome of dedicated efforts spearheaded by Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri.
Ain al-Hilweh camp is located in Saida, south of Lebanon, and currently shelters over 54,000 registered refugees, with thousands of Palestinians having sought refuge there in recent years as they fled the war in neighboring Syria.
Several ceasefire agreements were shortlived while confrontations intensified in the past few days in the camp. However, Thursday saw a significant calm descend upon the camp, marking a stark contrast to the earlier clashes that had tragically claimed the lives of 8 individuals, with 15 others sustaining injuries.
The Committee for Palestinian Refugee Affairs in the Legislative Council expressed profound dismay regarding the unfolding events within the Ain al-Hilweh camp and urged all involved parties to embrace a sense of national unity and unwavering commitment to the Palestinian cause. It also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to safeguard the lives of the Palestinian people.
In a resolute statement, the committee further emphasized that "these events ultimately serve the interests of the Israeli occupation entity, as it endeavors to sow discord among Palestinians, regardless of their [Palestinians] location."
On Tuesday, a meeting was convened at the Palestinian Embassy in Beirut, bringing together officials from the Fatah and Hamas movements. The parties released later on Wednesday a joint statement reaffirming their full commitment to make all efforts to reach and maintain a ceasefire in the camp in accordance with the decision of the Joint Palestinian Action Committee.
The committee called on all parties to put an end to the tragic fighting and to practice vigilance against any dubious plans targeting refugees and their just and rightful cause, as this plot undermines Palestinians' national aspirations.