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Army Update: Drops Flyers & Intensifies Air Raids on Fatah al-Islam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Naharnet   
Tuesday, 14 August 2007

A Lebanese army tank patrols inside a destroyed alley of the besieged Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. A Lebanese soldier has been killed in a battle with an Islamist militia besieged for more than 12 weeks inside the camp, the army said.(AFP)
A Lebanese army tank patrols inside a destroyed alley of the besieged Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. A Lebanese soldier has been killed in a battle with an Islamist militia besieged for more than 12 weeks inside the camp, the army said.(AFP)

Lebanese Army helicopter gun ships on Tuesday bombed Fatah al-Islam terrorists entrenched in the northern Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared.

A correspondent for Agence France Presse watched four helicopters each dropping bombs twice on the tiny sector in the camp's southern edge where the Islamists have been holding out for more than 12 weeks.

As the air attacks were underway, terrorists and troops exchanged automatic fire and artillery shells.

Army commander General Michel Suleiman estimates that only 70 Fatah al-Islam fighters are left in the camp, dug in to subterranean shelters that the military is trying to break through. He also said some 100 dependents remain with the terrorists.

The general claims the group is linked to Al-Qaida and had been planning attacks both in Lebanon and abroad when the army moved in.

Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, built in 1948 when thousands fled the newly-created Jewish state, have been fortified over the years to make them able to withstand Israeli air raids.

But a Lebanese army spokesman told AFP: "These (helicopter) bombardments are very effective. Several bunkers have been partly destroyed, but the soldiers have to shift the debris and disarm explosives before they can enter them."

Most of the 30,000 refugees for whom the camp was home fled at the start of the fighting which began on May 20 and which has killed more than 200 people, including 136 soldiers. It is not known how many Islamists have died.

On Monday, the United States, which accuses Syria of trying to destabilize Lebanon and regain influence there, designated Fatah al-Islam a "terrorist" group. Damascus has denied any links with the group.

The U.S. statement said that Fatah al-Islam, an offshoot of the Syria-backed secular Palestinian militant group Fatah al-Intifada, initiated hostilities in Nahr al-Bared camp with an "unprovoked attack" on Lebanese security forces.(Naharnet-AFP) 

by Naharnet-AFP, Beirut, 14 Aug 07, 15:59

http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/getstory?openform&6F98C538AB75AFEEC2257337005982E4

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From LBC TV - Aug 14, 2007 - Update on Nahr al-Bared LAF

 

 

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Army Chopper drops flyers to Fatah al-Islam militants

The Lebanese Army Command on Tuesday told Fatah al-Islam terrorists that they are committing suicide by refusing to surrender to its troops in the northern refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared.

An army helicopter dropped flyers to Fatah al-Islam terrorists entrenched in a tiny enclave on the camp's southern edge urging them to surrender and allow their dependents to leave the war zone.

"Your case of fighting the Lebanese Army is not just. You are fighting in vain the army of Lebanon and the will of the Lebanese people. Maintaining the fight increases the pain endured by the Lebanese and Palestinian peoples," the army command said in the statement.

"Allow the women and children to determine their own destiny because holding them (against their will) is a crime. Achieving justice is the shortest way leading to ending the present situation," the statement added.

It told Fatah al-Islam militants that "losing time and rejecting the army's repeated calls on you to surrender and face a just trial is a decision to commit suicide, for which you are held responsible." 

by Naharnet, Beirut, 14 Aug 07, 19:18
 
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/getstory?openform&6F98C538AB75AFEEC2257337005982E4



 
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