Refugees from the Palestinian camp of Ain el-Helou near Saida, south of Beirut, all describe the same thing: heavy weapon fighting and massive destruction that forced them to flee. "It was war. They fired mortar shells and RPGs while we were living on top of each other in the camp," said Zaer el-Ali, whose home is in one of the worst-hit areas.
"The fighting has been intense," said Mustapha Abou Atié, director of al-Nidaa Hospital, the only hospital inside the camp. Started in July, these clashes have resumed in intensity in recent weeks, leaving about thirty dead, at least 200 wounded and thousands displaced. A truce was negotiated last week, "but without a real political agreement, it is unlikely to hold," Mahmoud Abu Hamda, head of the Palestinian children's mental health association, Beit Atfal Assumoud, told Ain el-Helou.
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