Monday, May 21, 2007
Smoke rises from the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared in northern Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA
Mark Tran and agencies
Monday May 21, 2007
"Lebanese troops today shelled a Palestinian refugee camp, a day after more than 55 people were killed in fighting between Sunni militants and government forces. Tank shells crashed into the coastal camp of Nahr el-Bared, home to some 40,000 refugees, near the northern city of Tripoli. Plumes of smoke rose into the sky as fighters of the little-known Fatah al-Islam group fired grenades and machineguns at army posts on the camp perimeter, witnesses said.
Palestinian sources in the camp said the shelling had killed two civilians. As Lebanese forces fired on the camp, witnesses said imams used loudspeakers to call on the army to stop the shelling.
At least 27 soldiers, 15 militants and 15 civilians died in yesterday's violence, the worst internal fighting since Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war......."