Whenever Israel has to venture militarily into one of the cities or towns dubbed ‘refugee camps’ largely because the UN insists on funding its perpetual ‘refugees’ no matter how many generations have passed, there is outrage, condemnations, and hysteria. Whenever Israel has to fight Islamic terrorists ensconced in an UNRWA facility being used as a bomb factory or launching site for rocket attacks, politicians start comparing Israel to the Nazis.
But when the terrorists are doing it to each other, there’s an awkward silence.
Clashes resumed early Saturday at the largest refugee camp in Lebanon between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah group and Islamist groups, killing three people and wounding 10 others.
At least 20 people were wounded Friday.
Fatah had accused the Islamist groups of gunning down one of their top military officials on July 30.
Earlier this summer, there were several days of street battles in the Ein el-Hilweh camp between Fatah and members of the Jund al-Sham group that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded.
An uneasy truce had been in place since August 3, but clashes were widely expected to resume as the Islamist groups have not handed those accused of killing the Fatah general to the Lebanese judiciary, as demanded by a committee of Palestinian factions last month.
If you’re confused, Fatah or the PLO and the Palestinian Authority are the ‘good’ terrorists we fund.
A large number of residents of the camp were displaced from their homes due to the renewed fighting, as the militants fired RPGs and machine guns toward each other.
According to Lebanese LBCI television network, an audio recording was circulated on social media attributed to Haitham al-Shaabi, an official from the “Muslim Youth” group, in which he said the group was launching a battle to “purge the Ain al-Hilweh camp of apostates.”
In late July and early August, 13 people were killed amid clashes between Fatah and Islamist groups in the refugee camp. Thousands of people were displaced due to the clashes.
The prized objectives here are the UNRWA bases and bomb factories operating as schools.
In the weeks since the ceasefire was reached, UNRWA reported that a number of the schools it manages in the camp were taken over by militant groups.
The fighting was focused on a school compound belonging to the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, a source in the camp’s Palestinian leadership told AFP on condition of anonymity.
UNRWA had previously warned that militants were occupying its schools in the camp.
Does anyone else ever occupy the schools? Funding UNRWA means funding terrorists. And, in this case, terrorists battling for control over their ultimate resource… UNRWA.
If Israel were in there, there would be outrage. Since the terrorists are doing it to each other, the story gets buried on Page 54.