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Lebanon Takes Over Palestinian Terrorists Camp

From a highly distraught Reuters:

Lebanon army takes control of camp after battle

By Nazih Siddiq

NAHR AL-BARED, Lebanon (Reuters) – Lebanese troops on Sunday seized control of a Palestinian refugee camp where they had been battling militants for more than three months, killing at least 31 fleeing fighters, security sources said.

Thirty-four more fighters from the Fatah al-Islam group were captured, 23 inside the Nahr al-Bared camp in northern Lebanon. Most were wounded, a security source said.

“The battle is over. The Lebanese army has seized the last positions of Fatah al-Islam in the camp,” a senior security source told Reuters.

Most of the terrorists were killed today. The others have been captured. A few might have escaped but the army is hunting them down,” the source added.

The fate of Shaker al-Abssi, the group’s Palestinian leader, was unclear…

Five soldiers were killed on Sunday, raising the army death toll to 157. At least 131 militants and 42 civilians have been killed…

An army statement said the militants had tried to escape from the camp in the early hours of the morning…

Fatah al-Islam split from a Syrian-backed Palestinian faction last year. The hardline Sunni Islamist group includes Lebanese, Saudi and Syrian fighters. It shares al Qaeda’s ideology but has no organizational ties to the network…

The army said it would not allow anyone to enter the camp and called on Palestinians not to return for the time being

Funny how every country that hosts Palestinians always ends up saying something like that. 

Note how the Reuters reporter even allowed a source to even call these devout Muslim freedom fighters “terrorists.”

Let’s hope he keeps his job.

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

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