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Thousands flee refugee camp in northern Lebanon

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Thousands of people have left the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon after an informal truce eased three days of fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants. At least 27 civilians have been killed since fighting broke out between the Lebanese army and the militant Fatah al-Islam group last Sunday.

Aid agencies waited for hours to enter the camp where supplies are running short – but the truce was interrupted by sporadic gunfire and shelling. The Lebanese government says it wants to root out Fatah al-Islam, which it sees as a tool of Syria. The group denies this, but admits it shares ideology with al-Qaeda.

UN aid convoys eventually entered the camp to deliver food and water, but one was forced to leave after shells exploded near its vehicles.