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Palestinian homes in Beirut's Dbayeh camp face demolition threat

Nov. 22, 2013 8:50 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2013 5:54 P.M.)
BEIRUT (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian refugees of Dbayeh refugee camp east of Beirut are worried about the future of their homes after the Dbayeh municipality issued a decision to demolish dozens of Palestinian houses in the camp.

Palestinians had prepared repairs for their homes in the face of the approaching winter season, but now fear that they will be left homeless instead.

In response, PLO representatives in Lebanon decided to hold an urgent meeting at the Palestinian Embassy in Beirut to follow up on the demolition orders in Dbayeh.

The meeting will include the Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon, Ashraf Dabour, Fatah's central committee member, Dr. Nabil Shaath, Fatah's secretary of PLO factions in Lebanon, Fathi Abu al-Aradat, the commander of the Palestinian National Security forces in Lebanon Subhi Abu Arab, Hamas representative in Lebanon, Ali Barka, a member in the PFLP office, Salah al-Yousef, an official of the DFLP, Ali Faysal, PFLP official, Marwan Abed al-All, and the director of the Ambassador's office, Khalid Obadi.

Consultations have already been held with officials in the Lebanese government, calling on them to stop the demolition orders and to reach an agreement through dialogue.

There are an estimated 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Around 800,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes inside Israel during the 1948 conflict that led to the creation of the State of Israel, and today their descendants number around five million, spread across the world.
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