Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam resume fighting
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Days after Palestinian refugees fled the refugee camp in , northern Lebanon, fighting resumed between the and the terrorist group, . The fighting, ongoing since Sunday, has so far claimed 69 lives. , the Lebanese defense minister, told as quoted:
Earlier today in Beirut, the Lebanese Prime Minister, , addressed the nation over the current battle in Nahr al-Bared; televised at the . Fouad Siniora issued an ultimatum against Fatah al-Islam, saying that Lebanon would not give in to terrorism.
|We will put an end to the terrorist phenomenon without hesitation.|
Fouad Siniora went on by describing Fatah al Islam as "attempting to ride on the suffering and the struggle of the Palestinian people." He went on to address the Palestinian refugees within the country:
|You are our brothers. We share with you the bad times before the good ones.|
However, Fatah al-Islam fired back on Fouad Siniora's ultimatum, saying that more bombing would take place unless the Lebanese Army backs down. On Wednesday evening, a bomb exploded in a north-easterndistrict of . Five people were wounded according to a senior security official.
- "Fighting erupts between Lebanese army and Islamist group" — Wikinews, May 20, 2007
- Hani M. Bathish. "Lebanese Army resumes battle against Fatah al-Islam" — , May 24, 2007
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