Lebanese celebrate as refugee camp is retaken

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Lebanese celebrate as refugee camp is retaken

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Lebanese people have been celebrating in the streets after their government announced it has retaken control of the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp.

A bloody three-month battle ended overnight after dozens of fundamentalist Muslim militants tried to shoot their way out of the camp.

One army officer described it as an “act of suicide”.

At least 30 fighters from the Fatah al-Islam group were killed as well as two government soldiers – two dozen more militants were captured.

There has still been no confirmation as to whether the group’s leader, Shaker al-Abssi was among those killed or detained.

The authorities are still searching for any militants who may have escaped the shattered camp, or could be hiding in the rubble.

Tens of thousands of people who used to live in Nahr al-Bared were forced to flee to safety in May.

But there remains little for them to return to after 100 days of shelling.