(MENAFN) On Sunday, Fouad Othman, Ain al-Hilweh Democratic Front head, lashed out at Lebanon"s decision to install e-gates on the entrances of the Palestinian refugee camp.
"These gates are an insult to our people and the Ain al-Hilweh camp, which was never an incubator of terrorism. Therefore, we need to strengthen the brotherly relationship between the camp and its neighbors," Othman said.
He called on President Michel Aoun to work to ensure Palestinian nationals are granted civil and humanitarian rights, as well as the right to land ownership, and to foster a Palestinian-Lebanese dialogue to "strengthen the steadfastness of our people to uphold the right of return [to Palestine]."
Othman reiterated the Palestinian refugees' commitment to adhering to Lebanese law and respecting the country"s sovereignty.
Lebanon"s Palestinian camps, which date back to the 1948 war between the Israeli occupation and its Arab neighbors, mainly fall outside the jurisdiction of Lebanese security services. Ain al-Hilweh is home to some 61,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 who have fled the war in Syria.