Posted by: Lister | May 24, 2007

The Battles in Lebanon 2

Ya-Libnan (Wednesday)

According to eyewitnesses that fled the camp , they saw Fatah al-Islam leader Shaker al-Absi seriously wounded in his hand and his shoulder as a result of Lebanese army shelling of the group’s headquarters in Nahr al-Bared camp

Absi, has been linked to the former head of al-Qaeda in Iraq and is accused in the 2002 assassination of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan. He moved into Nahr el-Bared refugee camp last fall after he reportedly was expelled from Syria, where he was in custody.

[…] Naharnet has reported that the second man at Fatah al -Islam has also been wounded. He is the son-in-law of Absi . He was also reportedly wounded during the clashes with Lebanese troops in the northern refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared.

Thursday’s report (BBC) Further fighting at the camp.

Overnight, at least 16 people were injured by a bomb blast in the town of Aley, a mountain resort close to the capital Beirut. It is the third such bomb attack in the last four days.

Fatah al-Islam, the group fighting the Lebanese army in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, has denied responsibility for the blasts, but many believe that the two events are linked.

[…] The BBC’s Jon Leyne, just outside the camp, says that Thursday’s gunfire exchanges are sporadic and that there is no sign of the heavy shelling seen before.

However, government warnings of harsh action against the militants has prompted fears that the Lebanese army could begin an all-out assault on the camp at any time, raising concerns for civilians still inside.

Ya-Libnan — bombing at Aley

Unconfirmed reports indicated that Jumblatt supporters have captured two men they believed were suspects in the attack. No details on the captured suspects are available at this stage.

Their update includes the names of the victims.

The Washington Post reports that all but two of those injured at Aley have been released from hospital.

it was not clear what sparked shooting in the camp Thursday, as a truce appeared to hold since Tuesday afternoon. Half a dozen soldiers followed by an armored car and a light vehicle headed toward a forward army position at the camp’s northern entrance.

The army’s first checkpoints are some 500 yards from the buildings on the edge of Nahr el-Bared. Militant positions begin farther down inside the sprawling maze of houses.

[…] Murr said 30 Lebanese soldiers were killed in the three days of fighting, along with as many as 60 militants, including fighters from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia. But a top Fatah Islam leader said only 10 of his men were killed. U.N. relief officials said the bodies of at least 20 civilians were retrieved from inside the camp.

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