Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lebanon: Hezbollah member Marwan Issa killed, stuffed in the trunk of a car, while visiting Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp

Excerpted from The Daily Star:
Hezbollah’s response comes almost one week after Issa was found dead in the trunk of a car in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, in southern Lebanon.

Issa was believed to have visited Ain al-Hilweh to complete an arms deal with Khaled Kaawash, a Palestinian, and Rabih Serhal, a Syrian.

The two are suspects in his killing and were handed over to the Lebanese government for investigation.

Fingers have also been pointed at members of al-Shabab al-Muslim, which is a jihadi coalition that includes Jund al-Sham and Fatah al-Islam, many of whom reside in the Tawari neighborhood.

The incident in Ain al-Hilweh targeted the security of Palestinians before it targeted the security of the Lebanese resistance.

The Hezbollah official called on security forces in the camp to crack down on the “hotbeds of corruption” before they spread in the camp like “thyroid cancer.”

The Higher Palestinian Security Committee in Lebanon is preparing to implement a new security plan in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp following last weekend’s murder.

The plan includes erecting new checkpoints and strengthening the positions of the year-old joint security force.