Lebanese Army Begins Shelling Fatah al-Islam Camp in the Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp – 150 People Killed

Lebanese Army Begins Shelling Fatah al-Islam Camp in the Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp – 150 People Killed

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(Best Syndication) Despite the efforts of Palestinian leaders to broker a cease fire, the Lebanese Army resumed shelling Fatah al-Islam militants in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp on Thursday. This is a departure from the government’s expressions of willingness to seek a truce with the Fatah group.

A weekly supplement of local An-Nahar daily says that the Lebanese government is not backing down. On Thursday, Defense Minister Elias Murr told Nahar Ash-Shabab "The army will win the battle and will negotiate on the basis of the surrender of the remaining fighters."

The Daily Star reports that the sound of shells and gunfire reverberated throughout the camp. Fighting was confined to the Cooperative and Naji Ali vicinity, where surviving militants are holding out in the rubble and firing at the army.

More than 150 people have died at the camp, the BBC reports. The number includes at least 20 civilians. This is the worst internal violence in Lebanon since the end of the 1975-90 civil war.

Nahr al-Bared, near the northern city of Tripoli, was home to 30,000 people before the fighting broke out. Large parts of the camp have been destroyed after a bitter struggle that began in late May.

The Lebanese army says that some parties are falsifying the facts of the current operations in the camp of Nahr El Bared especially by fabricating misleading photos and scenes and the Army Command is confident that the media will not fall victim to this falsification which offends it before offending the recipient viewers.

The Army Command preserves its legitimate right and appeals to all the media to refer to the Orientation Department concerning all the military affairs and this department is ready to hand over the required information to the reporters and journalists.

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By Tom Madison
Best Syndication News Writer

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