Hezbollah-Backed Jamal Suleiman Leaves Lebanon to Syria

Hezbollah-Backed Jamal Suleiman Leaves Lebanon to Syria

Thursday, 8 November, 2018 - 09:00
Lebanese army personnel at entrance of Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp, Lebanon. (File photo: AFP)
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat
Ansarullah Secretary-General Jamal Suleiman has left the Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon along with 20 family members under a deal brokered by Hezbollah to end the violent clashes between Ansarullah and Fatah movement that shook the shantytown last month.

The Hezbollah-linked Ansarullah leader’s reported departure to Syria was part of the solution intended to restore stability and normal life in the camp, which lies near the southern city of Sidon, and its outskirts.

Extracting Suleiman from the camp took six hours and was coordinated between Lebanese and Palestinian officials following a lengthy security meeting at the Zogheib military barracks, under the supervision of the head of Hezbollah’s Liaison Unit, Wafiq Safa.

At about 1:00 AM Wednesday, a convoy of four-wheel-drive vehicles headed to Mieh Mieh, accompanied by security officials, and went directly to Suleiman’s security zone.

Suleiman had already planned for his departure and was accompanied by his four wives and six sons - Hamza, Maher, Khaled, Hassan, Mohammad and Mustafa - along with ten of his bodyguards.

About 45 minutes later, the convoy left the camp, carrying Suleiman and his companions outside the camp, then out of Sidon, and heading to the southern suburbs of Beirut as a first destination.

His last destination is Syria, according to informed sources.

Shortly before Suleiman left, about 25 Ansarullah members led by the movement’s military official, Maher Owaid, took control of his security zone.

With Suleiman’s departure, the most important item in the agreement reached under the supervision of Amal Movement and Hezbollah to end the clashes in the refugee camp has been enforced, pending implementation of further clauses.

Scores of people have been killed and injured in the clashes between Ansarullah and Fatah that erupted mid-October in Mieh Mieh.

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