Monday, September 03, 2007

The long wait has finished

Lebanese soldiers sit on their armored vehicle and raise their rifles as a victory sign on the outskirts of the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007. Fatah Islam's resistance in the northern Palestinian refugee camp has collapsed, Lebanese security officials said. (AP Photo)
Lebanon's army crushed the last remnants of a militant group in a ferocious gunbattle Sunday that killed 39 of the fighters, ending a bloody three-month siege at a Palestinian refugee camp that was the country's worst internal violence in years. Nearby villages celebrated with fireworks, drumming and dancing after the government declared victory.

The army said three soldiers were killed in Sunday's fighting and two on Saturday, raising to 158 the number of troops who have died in the conflict — Lebanon's worst internal fighting since the 1975-90 civil war. More than 20 civilians and more than 60 militants have also been killed.

Prime Minister Fuad Saniora called Sunday's final battle the "greatest national victory for Lebanon over the terrorists in Nahr el-Bared."

President Emile Lahoud said the army "has achieved what superpowers could not in confronting terrorism."

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1 comment:

  1. Hello from Israel!

    I am happy to hear this important news! I have been following the blogs in Lebanon for some time.

    An interesting article was published in the Jerusalem Post this weekend and I would like to hear your comments on it. It was written by Barry Rubin who I consider one of the best Israeli columnists.

    The link is: