There has been no let up in the Lebanese bombardment of militant al-Qaeda inspired fighters, at a Palestinian refugee camp in Northern Lebanon. Lebanese troops trying to crush the group have overrun several of their positions. Teams of special forces troops seized three positions held by the Fatah al-Islam militants, and destroyed sniper positions.
The military claims to be tightening the noose around the group, which has been holed-up in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp for two weeks. It is the fiercest fighting so far around the camp, north of Tripoli. Artillery fire has been providing constant cover for the front-line troops, and at one point shells were falling on the camp at a rate of ten a minute.
A 1969 agreement bans the Lebanese army from entering the country’s Palestinian refugee camps. The latest close-quarter fighting appeared to be taking place on the outskirts.