Clashes in Lebanon camp

Clashes between the Lebanese army and a group linked to al-Qaeda at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon have killed seven Lebanese soldiers, four fighters, and wounded many more.

Clashes in Lebanon camp

Clashes between the Lebanese army and a group linked to al-Qaeda at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon have killed seven Lebanese soldiers, four fighters, and wounded many more, Al Jazeera has reported.

Witnesses and security sources said the fighting started before dawn on Sunday at the entrance of Nahr al-Bared camp near the port city of Tripoli.

Witnesses said the rattle of assault rifles and machine guns and thuds from explosions rocked the area.

A military source said the clashes began after an army post on the outskirts of the camp came under fire from Fatah al-Islam fighters.

The Lebanese army cannot enter Palestinian refugee camps in line under a 38-year-old agreement.

Bus bombings

However, it has tightened its grip around the camp since authorities charged members of the group with carrying out two bus bombings in a Christian area near Beirut that killed three civilians in February.

Fatah al-Islam was formed last year by fighters who broke off from the pro-Syrian Fatah Uprising group.

Lebanese officials say the group is merely a front for Syrian intelligence in Lebanon, something both the group and Syria deny.

Fatah al-Islam statements have appeared on Islamist Web sites known to publish al- Qaeda statements.

Last Mod: 20 Mayıs 2007, 10:21
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