Two Lebanese troops died during gunbattles with Muslim militants in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, a senior military official said Sunday. One of the soldiers died Saturday night while the second died Sunday of injuries he received in fighting on Saturday inside the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared near the northern port city of Tripoli.
According to the AP, the official said the deaths brought to 138 the number of Lebanese troops killed since fighting between the army and Fatah Islam militants broke out on May 20.
The state-run National News Agency said fighting continued Sunday, with army helicopters carrying out three successive raids against Fatah Islam positions inside the camp. It said the helicopters fired more than nine rockets at the suspected positions.