Middle East

Clashes break out in Palestinian camp in Lebanon

  • A Palestinian gunman from the Fatah movement, holds his weapon as he stands next to a charred car during clashes between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and Islamic groups in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. Clashes erupted in a densely-packed Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding at least four people, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    A Palestinian gunman from the Fatah movement, holds his weapon as he stands next to a charred car during clashes between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and Islamic groups in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. Clashes erupted in a densely-packed Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding at least four people, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian gunman from the Fatah movement, holds his weapon as crouches during clashes between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and Islamic groups in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. Clashes erupted in a densely-packed Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding at least four people, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    A Palestinian gunman from the Fatah movement, holds his weapon as crouches during clashes between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and Islamic groups in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. Clashes erupted in a densely-packed Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding at least four people, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian gunmen from the Fatah movement, hold their weapons as they stand in front of a poster of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, during clashes between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and Islamic groups in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. Clashes erupted in a densely-packed Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding at least four people, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    Palestinian gunmen from the Fatah movement, hold their weapons as they stand in front of a poster of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, during clashes between the Palestinian Fatah Movement and Islamic groups in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. Clashes erupted in a densely-packed Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding at least four people, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)  (The Associated Press)

Palestinian security officials say clashes have erupted in a densely-packed refugee camp in southern Lebanon, wounding at least four civilians, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head.

Smoke could be seen rising above the Ein el-Hilweh camp on Tuesday and gunfire could be heard from the nearby port city of Sidon.

The Lebanese army, which according to a longstanding agreement is not allowed inside the Palestinian camp, says it has closed a major highway nearby. Schools around the camp are also closed.

The Palestinian officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Ein el-Hilweh, split between supporters of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamic militant groups, is notorious for its lawlessness. The U.N. says more than 50,000 Palestinian refugees live there.