Lebanese army resumes bombardment

Lebanese troops resumed bombardment in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon on Friday.

Lebanese army resumes bombardment
Lebanese troops resumed bombardment in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon on Friday as the army said it lost six soldiers in fierce fighting the day before.

Troops pounded the remaining suspected hideouts of Fatah Islam fighters in Nahr el-Bared with artillery and tank fire in a bombardment that sent plumes of black smoke rising in the air over the refugee camp's bullet-punctured buildings.

Holed up deep inside the camp, Fatah Islam gunmen responded with fire Friday, soldiers said.

The army had reported four soldiers died in the previous day's fighting, but a senior military official raised the death toll to six on Friday.

Thursday's fatalities brought to 92 the number of soldiers killed since fighting erupted on May 20.

The army denied in a statement Thursday it was conducting its final assault against the camp.

At least 60 fighters and more than 20 civilians have been reported killed in the fighting, the country's worst internal violence since the 1975-90 civil war. The camp housed more than 30,000 Palestinian refugees before the battles began.

Most of the camp's residents already have fled, but a few thousand are thought to have stayed in their homes.

AP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2007, 13:05
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