The elite security force for the Palestinian Refugee Camp of Ain Al-Hilweh deploy in the camp's neighborhoods, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Sheikh Jamal Khattab, spiritual leader of Islamist factions in Sidon's Ain al-Hilweh, said Sunday that terror suspect and wanted fugitive Shadi Mawlawi had left the camp, providing the first official confirmation of the news after it emerged over the weekend.A statement purporting to be from Shabab al-Muslim, an Islamist group with particularly strong ties to Mawlawi, that was distributed in Ain al-Hilweh Saturday called on Mawlawi and Mansour to quickly provide proof they are outside the camp so as to defuse tensions and anger directed at the Palestinians over the matter.According to a security source in the camp, Mawlawi's suspected residence in Ain al-Hilweh was calm Sunday, leading the majority of Palestinian officials in the camp to suspect he had left. The Islamist group Osbat al-Ansar said it would not make an official statement on the issue until it had factual proof he was no longer in the camp, and warned of the possibility Mawlawi might have moved from one area in the camp to another.
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