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Lebanese Army Shells Fighters at Refugee Camp


The Lebanese army continues to shell Islamic militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.

Fighters are ignoring messages broadcast by the army over loudspeakers in the Nahr el-Bared camp, calling for them to surrender. In addition, occasional gunfire and explosions can be heard.

Nearly all the refugees have fled the camp, located near Tripoli, in the two months since the standoff began.

More than 200 people have been killed since fighting erupted between Lebanon's army and the Fatah al-Islam militants at the camp May 20. The dead include more than 100 soldiers and at least 60 militants.

The conflict at the refugee camp is the worst internal violence in Lebanon since the 1975-to-1990 civil war.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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