Lebanon charges Fatah al Islam with 'terrorism'

Lebanon charged 20 members of Fatah al-Islam with terrorism as Lebanese troops battled fighters from the armed group at a Palestinian refugee camp in the north for the 11th day.

Lebanon charges Fatah al Islam with 'terrorism'
Lebanon charged 20 members of Fatah al-Islam with terrorism as Lebanese troops battled fighters from the armed group at a Palestinian refugee camp in the north for the 11th day.

Judiciary sources said Wednesday's charges against the 19 Lebanese and one Syrian, all in custody, carried the death penalty.

Sources said the charges were linked to fighting around the Nahr al-Bared camp that has killed 79 people - 34 soldiers, 27 fighters and 18 civilians.

The Lebanese authorities blamed the group for starting the confrontations by attacking army positions at the camp and near Tripoli on May 20.

The combatants exchanged artillery shells and mortar bombs for hours overnight in the heaviest fighting in a week, witnesses said.

But the clashes tapered off in the early hours of Wednesday.
Last Mod: 30 Mayıs 2007, 18:34
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