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Palestinian official assassinated in Lebanon just hours after Gaza truce

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A Palestinian security official was shot dead late on Monday in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon, three Palestinian security officials said, just hours after a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Saeed Alaeddine was an officer in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, in charge of liaising between the group and Lebanese security.

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He was killed by a gunman, who fired at him while he was praying at a friend’s house in the camp, said senior Fatah official Mounir Makdah.

An unknown gunman shot him several times, and Alaeddine was rushed to hospital, where he died.

The perpetrator fled the scene and details on his identity and motive were not immediately clear.

An AFP correspondent heard more gunshots in the camp after Alaeddine’s killing.

The camp has seen intermittent clashes in recent years between the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and allied factions against Sunni Islamist factions. It is home to more than 54,000 registered Palestinian refugees, who have been joined in recent years by thousands of Palestinians fleeing the conflict in Syria.

By long-standing convention, the Lebanese Army does not enter Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, leaving the factions themselves to handle security.

That has created lawless areas in many camps, and Ain al-Helweh has gained notoriety as a refuge for extremists and fugitives.

More than 450,000 Palestinians are registered in Lebanon with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

Most live in squalid conditions in 12 official refugee camps and face a variety of legal restrictions, including on their employment.

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