Leading Lebanese fighter found dead in Palestinian refugee camp

Senior Lebanese fighter was found dead in a Palestinian refugee camp, security officials said.

Leading Lebanese fighter found dead in Palestinian refugee camp

Senior Lebanese fighter was found dead Saturday in a Palestinian refugee camp, security officials said.

The officials said Lebanese citizen Ghandi Sahmarani, better known as Abu Ramez Sahmarani, was "found handcuffed, blindfolded and shot execution-style in the back of his head".

The officials said his body was discovered in a parking lot in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon.

Sahmarani, who was 45, was a leader of Jund al-Sham, a group alleged to have links with al-Qaida.

The group has clashed in the past with members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah group and with Lebanese troops.

Sahmarani had been living in or near the camp for years. He fled his native northern Lebanon following 1999 clashes in the region of Dinniyah between fighters and Lebanese troops that killed 11 Lebanese soldiers, five civilians and 17 fighters.

In 2008, The group's military commander, Shehadeh Jawhar, who fought American troops in Iraq occupation was killed.

Ein el-Hilweh is the largest of Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee camps.

Most of Lebanon's hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees, who fled Israel militant attacks during occupation, live in the overpopulated camps.



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