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Lebanon Intensify Palestinian Camp Attack

From the terrorists’ friend, BBC NEWS:


Battle rages on Lebanon camp edge

Lebanon’s leaders say the military has the backing of the public

Lebanese troops have intensified their assault on the perimeter of a Palestinian refugee camp, demanding the surrender of Islamist militants inside.

A helicopter fired two missiles into Nahr al-Bared camp, backing up machine gun and cannon fire that had reportedly destroyed the militants’ sniper posts.

Five soldiers have died since the latest assault began on Friday.

The 13-day confrontation between troops and militants has killed more than 100 people, many of them civilians.

The UN says about 25,000 of the camp’s 31,000 original residents have fled. Aid agencies have called for a ceasefire to allow more civilians to leave.

The violence, which is taking place in the north of the country, near the city of Tripoli, is the worst internal fighting Lebanon has seen since the end of its civil war 17 years ago.

The Lebanese army is trying to dislodge Fatah al-Islam militants who have been besieged in the refugee camp since 20 May.

Dozens of army tanks and armoured vehicles have moved up to the edge of the camp.

Artillery and mortar fire has been hitting the camp and the army says it has seized several Fatah al-Islam positions.

A spokesman for the militants denied they were on the retreat.

“We will not surrender and we will fight until the last drop of blood,” spokesman Abu Salim Taha told AFP news agency.

The militants are reported to have moved deeper into the camp, a maze of concrete buildings and narrow alleyways. The army said some of the militants were using civilians as human shields and called on the militants to surrender.

The Lebanese minister of state for parliamentary affairs, Michel Faraoun, told the BBC the government had given the military a “green light” to deal with the militants…

As usual the UN and other “aid agencies” are doing their level best to protect these murderous thugs:

The UN says about 25,000 of the camp’s 31,000 original residents have fled. Aid agencies have called for a ceasefire to allow more civilians to leave.

Yes, let them escape so they can spread ply their trade somewhere else.

By the way, is it just me, or is there something weirdly familiar about that smokey photograph from Reuters.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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