Lebanese Army seizes buildings in N camp

By Xinhua

Beirut : The Lebanese Army seized a number of buildings which gunmen of Fatah al-Islam militia were using as barricades in a northern refugee camp, the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) said Saturday.

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    The army was intensifying its operations in Al-Taawounia area in the Nahr al-Bared camp, allegedly one of the militia's main headquarters, and it conducted vast combing operations in areas and buildings it controlled, said the NNA.

    Lebanese troops unleashed an intense artillery bombardment on Saturday against positions of Fatah al-Islam militants in the camp.

    Saturday's attack followed an army statement on Friday in which it vowed to continue to "expand the zone under the army control in the camp and to paralyze the movements of what remains of the band of terrorists."

    Also on Friday, the Army mourned four of its personnel who were killed while handling mines in one of the sites once occupied by Fatah al-Islam.

    The Lebanese army has been fighting with the militants of Fatah al-Islam holed up in the Nahr al-Bared camp since May 20. The bloodiest internal violence since Lebanese 1975-1990 civil war has killed more than 100 people, including 68 soldiers, more than 50militants and 32 civilians.

    The Lebanese government says Fatah al-Islam is a terrorist network aimed at destabilizing Lebanon.