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Lebanon warns Palestinian president that troops may intervene if clashes continue in refugee camp

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By ABBY SEWELL and FADI TAWIL
Associated Press

SIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister has demanded an end to the volatile clashes in the country’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, warning that troops may have to intervene if the deadly violence doesn’t stop. Najib Mikati called Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday after sporadic clashes left dozens dead and wounded. The Ein el-Hilweh camp in south Lebanon is home to about 50,000 people. It has been racked since Sunday by fierce battles between Abbas’ Fatah party and Islamist groups Jund al Sham and Shabab al Muslim. Fatah has accused the Islamists of gunning down a Fatah military general in the camp on Sunday.

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