Two Lebanese troops died in clashes with an Islamists besieged for nearly 12 weeks inside a Palestinian refugee camp, an army spokesman said Wednesday. One of the soldiers died on Tuesday night and the second on Wednesday morning.
Their deaths brought to 136 the number of troops died at Nahr al-Bared camp since fighting between the army and Fatah al-Islam started on May 20. According to AFP, the spokesman said forces were slowly advancing inside the camp as they try to seize the last small area still controlled by the Al-Qaeda-inspired militia.
The army said on Tuesday that troops have discovered a large number of weapons, ammunition and military equipment as they move ahead cautiously inside the remains of the camp. Also Tuesday, Fatah al-Islam gunners fired two rockets from the camp at the nearby town of Deir Ammar but no casualties were reported, the state-run National News Agency reported.