In Lebanon, fresh fighting today around a Palestinian refugee camp in Tripoli has left at least eight civilians dead. Lebanese tanks shelled the camp, targeting Fatah al-Islam militants. At least 20 civilians were injured in the battles between Lebanese troops and the Palestinian group Fatah al-Islam. Over the past two days at least 65 people have died.
The battles are the bloodiest infighting Lebanon has seen since civil war in the country ended in 1990. The Fatah al-Islam group is based at the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near the northern city of Tripoli, home to 30,000 displaced Palestinians.
Violence also returned to Beirut, as a car bomb killed a 63-year-old woman and injured ten more people. The 40 kilo device exploded near a busy area – in a largely Christian district in the capital – containing restaurants and cinemas. No one, as yet, has claimed responsibility for the attack.