Lebanon: Palestinians return to devastated refugee camp
Some 100 Palestinian families returned to a devastated refugee camp in northern Lebanon on Wednesday, the first individuals allowed back months after they fled fighting between the army and Fatah al-Islam fighters. According to the AP, the families that returned Wednesday had been living in the nearby Beddawi refugee camp, which became a sanctuary for former residents of Nahr el-Bared after the fighting erupted.
The repatriation is being organized by UNRWA in collaboration with both Lebanese and Palestinian groups.
Some 30,000 refugees fled Nahr el-Bared during the battle.
Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora provided the U.N. and Arab League with evidence linking the Fatah al-Islam "terrorists" to the Syrian regime. Siniora sent U.N. chief Bank Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa latest updates on Fatah al-Islam's links with Syria, and Hizbullah's armament, Naharnet reported.
Lebanon's Information Minister Ghazi Aridi said at the end of a cabinet session on Tuesday evening that the memorandums contained "information obtained by Lebanese army intelligence services and the information department of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) about armament in the country and the situation at the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in North Lebanon."
"The letters are aimed at giving an accurate image of what is happening in the country," Aridi said.