Mon, 11 Dec 2023

BEIRUT, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Wednesday emphasized the priority of stopping all military actions in the Ain Al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon.

He also called on Palestinian factions to cooperate with Lebanese security agencies to address existing tensions, said a statement from the Lebanese Council of Ministers.

Mikati's remarks came during his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

"What is happening does not serve the Palestinian cause," Mikati said, stressing that Palestinians residing in Lebanon must behave in accordance with Lebanese laws and regulations to preserve the safety of citizens.

For his part, Abbas confirmed that he had given his directives to stop fighting in Ain Al-Helweh, adhere to Lebanese laws, and coordinate with the Lebanese authorities.

Last Thursday, a ceasefire agreement was reached in the Ain Al-Helweh Palestinian camp near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon after clashes claimed about 20 lives a week earlier.

According to local media, a wave of violence started in the camp on Sept. 7, claiming about 20 lives and injuring around 150.

Between July 29 and Aug. 3, clashes between members of the Palestinian Fatah movement and Islamic activists in the camp killed at least 13 people and injured dozens of others.

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