Lebanon: One soldier, few Fatah-Islam fighters killed in camp clashes
Islamists holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon fired more rockets that landed in farm fields outside the camp Sunday as the army bombarded suspected hideouts inside the besieged area. Security officials said at least five Katyusha rockets landed in farm fields in the northern Akkar region, a few miles north of the Nahr el-Bared camp.
No casualties were immediately reported, said the officials, according to the AP.
Meanwhile, heavy fighting continued at Nahr el-Bared as the army pounded suspected hideouts with artillery shells and tank fire. The fighters responded with machinegun fire and rocket-propelled grenades, according to the officials. The army was making progress toward Fatah Islam positions, they added.
Witnesses also reported seeing a few Lebanese flags hoisted on the roofs of destroyed buildings inside the camp where the army appeared to be in control.
The state-run National News Agency said the army was encircling a group of Fatah Islam fighters hiding in one of their shelters inside the camp. It said the army had killed a number of fighters whose bodies were lying in the camp streets.
A Lebanese soldier was killed on Sunday. One Lebanese soldier was killed in Saturday's clashes and another died of fatal wounds he received Friday, raising to 96 the number of soldiers killed since fighting between the army and Fatah Islam militants erupted May 20.