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Lebanese Troops Advance on Militants in Refugee Camp


Lebanese soldiers have seized several buildings in a Palestinian refugee camp where they have been battling Islamic militants for two months.

The Lebanese military says two soldiers were killed in Sunday's fighting in the Nahr el-Bared camp near Tripoli. Witnesses say Lebanese flags were seen flying over buildings in the camp.

The military also bombarded militants' positions with artillery shells for a second day, as the militants fired rockets that hit fields outside the camp.

More than 170 people, including at least 97 Lebanese soldiers, have been killed since the standoff began May 20th. Nearly all of the Palestinian refugees living in the camp have fled.

Last month, Lebanese officials claimed victory in the fighting, but daily firefights have continued since then.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.