Senior Fatah official killed in Lebanon car bombing
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Senior Fatah official killed in Lebanon car bombing

Gen. Fathi Zaidan, known as Zorro, ran Miyeh Miyeh refugee camp near Sidon for Palestinian faction; 2 others injured in blast

Flames engulf the wreckage of a car following a bomb explosion in southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on April 12, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
Flames engulf the wreckage of a car following a bomb explosion in southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on April 12, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)

A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon, killing a senior Palestinian official, an AFP correspondent and state news agency NNA said.

Scorched body parts were lying near a car in flames, AFP’s correspondent said.

The blast occured near the Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp, in southern Sidon.

Lebanese media said the man killed was Gen. Fathi Zaidan, a senior member of the Fatah movement who ran the Miyeh Miyeh refugee camp near Sidon.

He went by the nickname of Zorro, according to Lebanese news site Naharnet.

Two more people were injured in the blast, according to local reports.

In 2009, Zaidan’s home was targeted by a percussion grenade. He was unhurt and denied the attack was linked to an internal Fatah power struggle.

Camps in Lebanon are internally managed by different Palestinian factions and not Lebanese authorities.

On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who leads Fatah, cut funding from PFLP, another Palestinian faction, as he moved to consolidate power.

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