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    Esbat al-Nour leader dies of wounds http://www.dailystar.com.lb/18_07_03/art1.asp Mohammed Zaatari Daily Star correspondent Abdullah Shreidi, 24, the leader of
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      Esbat al-Nour leader dies of wounds
      http://www.dailystar.com.lb/18_07_03/art1.asp
      Mohammed Zaatari
      Daily Star correspondent

      Abdullah Shreidi, 24, the leader of the Palestinian faction Esbat al-Nour that
      fought the Fatah group for the control of Sidon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp two
      months ago, has died from severe chest wounds sustained in the fighting.


      Shreidi passed away Wednesday at dawn and his death has created unrest in the
      camp. A security source within the camp reported high tension between
      Palestinian factions, saying all armed factions ­ including the Lebanese Army,
      which guards the camp's entrances ­ were on high alert for fear of retaliation
      by factions loyal to Shreidi.


      Meanwhile, Palestinian factions met at the camp to discuss whether Shreidi
      should be buried at a graveyard within the camp or outside it. They decided it
      was in everyone's interest to bury Shreidi outside the camp, at the New Sidon
      Graveyard in the Sirop area.


      Sheikh Maher Hammoud, a prominent cleric in the camp, conferred with several
      political and security leaders to ensure Shreidi's funeral procession and burial
      would take place without complications.
      About 200 Lebanese soldiers were posted on the road from the camp's entrance to
      the cemetery. At the army checkpoint east of the camp the funeral procession was
      allowed to pass without army inspections.


      "They did not identify the dead nor did they make sure there were any weapons
      being smuggled out of the camp," sources at the camp said.


      Shreidi was buried at around 5pm Wednesday.


      Esbat al-Nour is a splinter faction from Esbat al-Ansar, which was originally
      formed by the deceased's father, Sheikh Hisham Shreidi. Esbat al-Ansar's current
      leader, Abdel-Karim Saadi (aka Abu Mehjan), is wanted in Lebanon and abroad on
      several charges of manslaughter.


      Abu Mehjan's brother, Abu Tarek, contacted members of Esbat al-Nour following
      the death of Shreidi and worked on avoiding any clashes that could destabilize
      the camp.


      However, Fatah's commander at the Ain al-Hilweh camp, Maher Shabayta, denied the
      possibility of clashes between any factions, saying: "The primary reason for the
      clashes was Abdullah Shreidi. Now that he is gone we no longer have any reason
      to fight among us."


      About a year ago, the Fatah group, the biggest in the camp, blamed a series of
      explosions on Shreidi. Fatah strongman Brigadier Sultan Abul-Ainayn then ordered
      his fighters to "kill Shreidi, wherever he is found."
      Shreidi was ambushed and wounded some two months ago by Fatah while returning
      from a funeral. In the ensuing fighting Shreidi's bodyguard, his cousin and four
      Fatah militiamen were killed.


      Palestinian Islamic forces commander Sheikh Jamal Khattab said at Shreidi's
      burial, "We have footed the bill beforehand and Shreidi's death is part of that
      bill . logic demands we cross this hurdle because in the end we are all losers."
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