Lebanon building a wall around its largest Palestinian refugee camp

PNN/ Bethlehem/

The Lebanese authorities have installed the first blocks of a wall that will isolate the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, named Ein Al-Hilweh.

The camp, which is located southeast of Sidon city and sits on one square kilometer, is overcrowded with 80,000 refugees. The wall enterprised is set to be completed within the next 15 months, according to a report by Lebanon-based al-Modon news site.

The wall sparked anger within the Palestinians and the refugee communities, calling it the “Apartheid Wall” and “the wall of shame,” saying it will turn the camp into a big prison, and compared it to Israeli apartheid wall in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Authorities in Lebanon maintain the security watchtower will enable the army to better control the camp amid claims that militants seek refugee there.