Timeline of the 2007 Lebanon conflict

Timeline of the 2007 Lebanon conflict

This is a detailed timeline of the 2007 Lebanon conflict.


May 20: Start of the fighting in Tripoli and Nahr al-Bared

Fighting began early on Sunday after a police raid on a house in Tripoli which was apparently being used by militants from Fatah al-Islam. The militant group subsequently began shooting at the Lebanese security forces who returned fire, triggering clashes in the vicinity of the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli. The men reportedly resisted arrest and the violence spread to neighbouring streets. The police and the army had conducted the raid after allegations that Fatah al-Islam members tried to rob a bank on Sunday and "take control of several security strongholds in the North" according to Ahmad Fatfat, Lebanese Minister of Youth and Sports in Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's cabinet. [http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/21/lebanon.violence/index.html Lebanon Violence] , CNN, 2007-05-21.] Militants then attacked a Lebanese military post at the gate of the camp, seizing several vehicles. The Lebanese military sent reinforcements, including tanks, which returned fire at Fatah al-Islam positions. At least 27 Lebanese soldiers were killed in the fighting, along with an undetermined number of civilians and militants.

May 21: Nahr al-Bared under siege

Fighting renewed after a short-lived truce earlier in the day was declared in order to transport the dead and injured out of the camp in ambulances. According to the Lebanese news channel NewTV, allegations arose that Fatah al-Islam militiamen shot at ambulances entering and exiting the camp. The Lebanese Army began shelling Nahr al-Bared at what it believed were Fatah al-Islam positions; many civilians were killed.Al-Jazeera (May 20, 2007). [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0721001E-75E7-425D-8032-0B573DE54BEF.htm "Dozens die in Lebanon camp clashes"] . Retrieved May 20, 2007.] BBC News (May 20, 2007). [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6673639.stm "Lebanese troops battle militants"] . Retrieved May 20, 2007.]

May 22: The fighting continues at Nahr al-Bared, ceasefire

Despite talks of a cease-fire, Fatah al-Islam militants continued battling the Lebanese army at the outskirts of the refugee camp for a third day. Fighting resumed when Lebanese tanks and artillery began shelling the members of the radical Fatah al-Islam group taking refuge in the camp. By mid-morning the battle intensified with heavy exchanges of small arms and machine-gun fire. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6678941.stm "Aid convoy under fire in Lebanon"] , "BBC News Online", May 22, 2007] Conditions inside the overcrowded Nahr al-Bared camp became increasingly unbearable as the army continued pounding militant positions there. Doctors in the camp have pleaded for a ceasefire because of the dead and wounded lying on the streets. Electricity has been cut and there is a limited supply of water. Brig. Gen. Bilal Aslam said that "the Lebanese Army prevented supplies and aid from entering the camp." He also claimed militant fighters were stationed on the outskirts of the camp, but not in it. [http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/22/lebanon.violence/index.html "Refugees leave Lebanon camp; U.N. workers freed"] , "CNN", May 23, 2007]

The militant group said it would end confrontations with the Lebanese army starting 14.30 local time. [ [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3403378,00.html "Fatah Islam agrees to ceasefire with Lebanese army"] , "Ynet", May 22, 2007] A fragile truce let 10 people flee Nahr al-Bared. [ [http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL2144985420070522 "Fragile truce lets Palestinians flee Lebanon camp"] , "Reuters", May 22, 2007] In Tripoli, one Fatah al-Islam militant blew himself up, after being surrounded by Lebanese soldiers in the same house that security forces had raided on May 21, 2007. [ [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/862328.html "Fragile truce between army, militants holding in north Lebanon refugee camp"] , "Haaretz", May 23, 2007]

May 23: Thousands flee Nahr al-Bared

During a nighttime truce announced Tuesday, about 2,000 inhabitants of the Nahr al-Bared camp had been able to flee. Some refugees left on foot while others were in cars and vans. The Red Crescent helped the refugees relocate to the nearby Beddawi camp, where they spent the night at schools. Other refugees left for the nearby city of Tripoli. Reports suggest that snipers fired at the fleeing crowd of refugees as they left their homes. The truce seemed to have ended when a UN aid convoy was attacked later that night.BBC News (May 23, 2007). [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6682129.stm "Thousands flee Lebanon violence"] . Retrieved May 23, 2007.] Al Jazeera English (May 23, 2007). [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A68B0312-BEA5-458B-9B6C-261421D3F512.htm "Refugees flee Lebanon camp"] . Retrieved May 23, 2007.] "The humanitarian situation is very, very bad," said a spokeswoman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, "and deteriorating every minute. Inside the camp, there are no hospitals and only one health center," which was unable to stay open during the fighting.

May 24: Sporadic fighting resumes at the camp

The Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, vowed to "uproot" terrorism from his country in his address to the nation, blaming the Fatah al-Islam militants for using the Palestinian refugees as hostages in their goal of destabilizing Lebanon. The Prime Minister said that the government would not "surrender to terrorism" and would work to eradicate it. Siniora also stressed that the target of military operations are the militants and not the Palestinian refugees in the camp. [http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/24/lebanon.violence/index.html Lebanon Violence] , CNN, 2007-05-24.] Following the speech, renewed fighting erupted between the militants and the Lebanese army at the entrance of the Nahr al-Bared camp. The Lebanese military shot and sank two inflatable boats carrying militants from the camp. But, the BBC reported that Thursday's gunfire exchanges were sporadic and that there was no sign of the heavy shelling seen before. But government threats of harsh action against the militants has raised fears that the Lebanese army could begin an all-out assault on the camp at any time, raising further concerns for the humanitarian situation of those civilians still inside. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6687045.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Fighting resumes at Lebanon camp ] ]

May 25-26: Military aid shipments to Lebanon

Five military transport planes carrying military aid for the Lebanese army from the United States and its Arab allies arrived at Beirut airport. One plane was from the U.S. Air Force, two from the United Arab Emirates Air Force and two from the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Baltimore Sun (May 25, 2007). [http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-lebanon0525,0,2420350.story "U.S., Arabs rush military aid to Lebanon"] . Retrieved May 28, 2007.] The planes, which came mainly from US bases in the region, arrived following an appeal for such aid by the Lebanese government. On Saturday May 26, two additional U.S. transport planes also carrying military aid landed in Beirut. CBC News (May 26, 2007). [http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2007/05/26/lebanon.html "Aid arrives for refugees in northern Lebanon"] . Retrieved May 28, 2007.] The military supplies are believed to include ammunition for automatic rifles and heavy weapons, spare parts for military helicopters and night-vision equipment. American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reaffirmed Washington's support for the Siniora government and added that Fatah al-Islam was trying to destabilise the democratically elected Lebanese government. But, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said he doubted the sudden rise in US sincerity in Lebanese internal affairs. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6690751.stm BBC News] Middle East.] Sporadic exchanges of gunfire were also reported between Lebanese troops and Fatah al-Islam fighters as the army continued to build up its presence around the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp. According to the BBC, the militants still holed up inside the camp were determined not to surrender. Aid workers struggled to deliver food and medicine to the thousands of Palestinian refugees who had not left the area.

May 26 was a largely peaceful day.

May 27-28: Fighting erupts, negotiations continue

Lebanese army posts were shelled and gunfire was heard late on May 27, despite a cease-fire deal at Nahr al-Bared. The head of Fatah al-Islam, the militant Palestinian group, said his men would not surrender. The latest spat of violence came as negotiations were reportedly taking place with the Islamists. The conflict had entered its first week and left dozens dead, including many civilians. A UN staffer declared that about 25,000 had fled the camp by now but thousands still remain. The Lebanese army was helped by new reinforcements being sent up. Lebanese government officials have told AFP that they had given Palestinian factions until the middle of the week to negotiate a peaceful solution to end the fighting. According to the BBC, Fatah al-Islam leaders now seem to have endorsed the same rhetoric as al-Qaeda. The group previously stated that it was defending Muslims and Palestinians in Lebanon but rival factions have distanced themselves from the group. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6696359.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Lebanon army 'hit by militants' ] ]

May 29-31: Fighting and charges

Sporadic fighting erupted on May 29 between the Lebanese army and militants, with no sign of progress in efforts to mediate an end to the 10-day standoff. One Lebanese soldier was killed in the clashes. [ [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/864573.html Heavy clashes erupt between Lebanese army, Fatah al-Islam - Haaretz - Israel News ] ] On May 30, Lebanon charged 20 members of Fatah al-Islam with terrorism. Judiciary sources said Wednesday's charges against the 19 Lebanese and one Syrian, all in custody, carried the death penalty. [ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/872238F3-2D95-4455-A23C-05211738751A.htm Al Jazeera English - News - Lebanon Charges Armed-Group Members ] ] May 31 was largely peaceful.

June 1: Heavy fighting

Heavy fighting has resumed on the morning of June 1 between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants entrenched in Nahr el-Bared. Artillery shelling and machine-gun fire have been heard as tanks massed outside the Nahr al-Bared camp in what may be the start of a final ground offensive. The fighting was reported to be concentrated by the southern and northern entrances of the camp. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6710667.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Fresh clashes engulf Lebanon camp ] ] At least 19 people were killed, including three army soldiers. [ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8BEC166E-EBAE-4AB2-B798-B017B463B229.htm Al Jazeera English - News - Many Dead In Lebanon Camp Battle ] ]

June 2: The offensive continues

On Saturday morning the Lebanese Army resumed the attack on the terrorists in the camp, using artillery shelling and an attack helicopter for the first time since the beginning of the fights. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/02/AR2007060200237.html?hpid=moreheadlines] Fatah al-Islam confirms that one of its senior leaders, Abu Riyadh, had been killed by a Lebanese army sniper. [ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0D354D80-7F5D-4679-A17E-ADB0ECDFBD3B.htm Al Jazeera English - News - Lebanon Camp Offensive Continues ] ]

June 3-4: Ain al-Hilweh violence

Fighting broke out between soldiers and Islamist militants at a second Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. The violence in the Ain al-Hilweh camp, near the southern city of Sidon, was said to involve Jund al-Sham militants. Two people - a soldier and a civilian - were injured when suspected militants fired a grenade at an army checkpoint. Army troops responded to the rocket propelled grenade attack with gunfire. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6717121.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Fighting at second Lebanon camp ] ] In subsequent fighting, two soldiers and two militants were killed [ [http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/getstory?openform&E1A12E49B238E70DC22572F00020D5F3 Naharnet News Desk ] ]

June 5: Lebanese troops continue to pound refugee camp

While the Lebanese army intensified its offensive on the refugee camp in Nahr al-Bared, seven Fatah al-Islam members surrendered to mainstream Fatah Palestinian faction. Fatah is the first Palestinian faction present in the numerous refugee camps in Lebanon to take action against the allegedly al-Qaeda linked group since the fighting began. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/06/05/lebanon.assault.ap/index.html] Khaled Aref, a representative of the mainstream Fatah group in the Ein al-Hilweh camp, said Palestinian factions there had decided to "isolate Jund al-Sham and not give way to any attempt to import any of what's happening in Nahr al-Bared." [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/03/AR2007060301289.html Radicals Hit Lebanese Army From Second Refugee Camp - washingtonpost.com ] ]

June 6-7: Calm days

Only sporadic gunfire and some mortar rounds and artillery shells were heard these days. A Lebanese soldier was killed by Islamic sniper fire in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp. [ [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/06/lebanon_army_an_1.php Lebanon army announces the martyrdom of one soldier | Ya Libnan | Lebanon News Live from Beirut ] ]

June 8: Heavy fighting erupts once again

After mediators failed to convince the Islamists to surrender, the Lebanese army attacked Nahr el-Bared once again. Witnesses inside the camp said over the weeks, the army has conquered more and more positions from Fatah al-Islam inside the camp. Fatah al-Islam has threatened to spread fighting to other parts of the country. [ [http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0864680.htm Reuters AlertNet - Fierce fighting rocks Palestinian camp in Lebanon ] ]

June 9-10: Heavy casualties for the army

As Lebanese troops attacks the Islamists inside, they meet stiff resistance from Islamic militiamen from their positions. 9 soldiers died on Saturday alone. Casualties on the Fatah al Islam side remain unknown. The army said they were on the winning hand, but the Islamists said they are holding their ground. A spokesman for FaI said they had seized Lebanese Army weapons in an attack [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/06/lebanon_army_an_2.php] [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/06/lebanon_army_an_3.php] [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/06/lebanon_army_an_5.php] A huge rally with tens of thousands of demonstrators was walked in Tripoli to thank and support the Lebanese Army.

June 11: Red Cross incident

Two Lebanese Red Cross workers have been killed outside Nahr al-Bared. The pair were evacuating civilians when they were hit by either machine gun or shell fire. A Palestinian cleric, who had been trying to broker a truce, was wounded in the leg in a separate incident. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6741737.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Aid workers die in Lebanon clash ] ]

June 12: The Lebanese Army advances

Troops continued the advance coming up to 80 meters from the main Fatah al-Islam stronghold in the center of the camp. Heavy shelling continued especially at the northern entrance of the Nahr al-Bared camp, while fires raged and smoke billowed from the camp's cinderblock buildings. The militants retaliated by firing rockets at army posts on a nearby hill. The army managed to take control of a key position of Fatah al-Islam on the camp's coastal side. [ [http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/06/12/lebanon.assault/index.html Lebanese army shells refugee camp - CNN.com ] ]

June 13-14: Relative calm

Two days of relative calm followed heavy fighting.

June 15: Explosion in the camp

Six Lebanese soldiers have been killed by an explosion in a building booby trapped by Fatah al-Islam fighters at the refugee camp. Security sources said four more soldiers were wounded by the blast, which destroyed the building at the Nahr al-Bared camp. [ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2791FD2D-95D6-4C0A-960D-722B640B89B5.htm Al Jazeera English - News - Six Soldiers Killed At Lebanon Camp ] ]

June 18: Shelling resumed

The Lebanese army resumed shelling a besieged Palestinian refugee camp, a day after it said important militant positions were destroyed. Troops targeted suspected hideouts of the Fatah al-Islam group, as fighting entered a fifth week in Nahr al-Bared. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6763375.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Lebanese forces battle militants ] ]

Three soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the latest battles, security sources said. [ [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/06/lebanon_army_cl.php Lebanon army close to its goal of crushing the militants | Ya Libnan | Lebanon News Live from Beirut ] ]

June 19: Northern part of the camp taken

On June 19, the Army finally managed to take all of the main positions of the Islamists. All of the buildings in the new (northern) part of the camp where the Fatah al-Islam fighters were dug in had been taken. After that the fighting had stopped in this area. Another seven soldiers were killed during this new round of fighting. Now the army offensive will be pushing the remaining militants back into the south of the camp.Fact|date=June 2007

June 21-22: The camp falls

On June 21, the Lebanese defence minister reported that all of the Fatah al-Islam positions on the outlaying areas of the camp, from which the militants were attacking soldiers, have been taken or destroyed. The only positions left are those in the center of the camp from where the militants pose no threat and thus the Army has no intention of attacking the center of the camp. With this it was declared that the Lebanese military operation to destroy Fatah al-Islam was over. But heavy fighting still continued until late in the afternoon on June 22.

June 23

Lebanese troops shelled the camp after fighters shot dead a soldier and wounded three others. Security sources said Fatah al-Islam snipers hit the four soldiers at Nahr al-Bared camp. The death was the first military fatality since the Lebanese army declared an end to major combat. [ [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3416409,00.html Lebanon army shells camp after soldier killed - Israel News, Ynetnews ] ]

Three Lebanese soldiers have been killed after a booby-trap set by Fatah al-Islam fighters exploded, according to an army spokesman. [ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6927E833-CC4A-4C40-90C1-98C334375295.htm Al Jazeera English - News - Soldiers Die In Lebanon Camp Battle ] ]

June 24: Clashes in Tripoli, attack on UNIFIL

At least 10 people have been killed in fighting between Lebanese troops and suspected Islamic militants in the northern city of Tripoli. Two civilians, one soldier, a policeman and at least six Islamist gunmen are said to have been killed in the fight.

It came after the army raided an apartment of a suspected militant in the Abu Samra district. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6234076.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Lebanon Islamist clashes spread ] ]

Three Spanish and three Colombian peacekeepers have been killed in a blast in south Lebanon, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) confirmed. Jose Antonio Alonso, the Spanish defence minister, said those killed were from the Spanish army and that officials were treating the blast as "a terrorist attack". A police source said a car bomb, "most likely" driven by a suicide bomber, caused the blast which hit two Unifil vehicles near the southern town of Khiam, bordering Israel. [ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/26A8CA13-AAE2-40DF-A8AD-810529CA88BB.htm Al Jazeera English - News - Lebanon Blast Kills Unifil Troops ] ]

June 25: Continued advancements

Heavy fighting continued between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam. Reports from army sources stated that 3 army soldiers and 15 militants were killed. About 40 bodies of killed militants were cleared from the camp and 40 Fatah al-Islam militants were arrested.In a report by Lebanon's Defense Minister Elias Murr to al Arabiyeh TV recounted that the attack on UNIFIL was not a suicide bomb but it was a remotely activated car bomb. [ [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/06/lebanon_arrests_5.php Lebanon arrests 40 Fatah al-Islam militants | Ya Libnan | Lebanon News Live from Beirut ] ]

June 28: Fighting in the mountains

On June 28, the military found and engaged a group of Fatah al-Islam militants, in a cave in the mountains south of Tripoli, in fighting that killed 5 Islamists. [ [http://blacksmithsoflebanon.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-fighting-in-north.html Blacksmiths of Lebanon: More Fighting in the North ] ]

July 4:

Three Islamist militants were killed as the Lebanese army repulsed an attack inside a Palestinian camp in northern Lebanon, security sources said. Fatah al-Islam militants according to the army have lost all their positions and for this reason they are now trying to infiltrate into the army positions.

Renewed exchanges of gunfire between the army and Fatah al-Islam fighters around Nahr al-Bared refugee camp were reported, amid bursts of shells fired by the military. [ [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/07/3_militants_kil.php 3 militants killed as Lebanon wiped out their fixed positions | Ya Libnan | Lebanon News Live from Beirut ] ]

July 12: Army attacks again

The Lebanese army launched a massive barrage of bombs in what appeared to be the start of a final showdown with the Fatah al-Islam militants, in the Nahr al-Bared camp. "Today's bombardment is a first step in the final battle against the terrorist group whose fighters have refused to surrender to the army," an army officer at the scene said. But the military command denied reports that the shelling was part of a final assault on Fatah al-Islam terrorists. The heavy artillery barrage, which started at dawn, came hours after some 200 residents were evacuated from Nahr al-Bared.

Witnesses said the army was bombarding the camp from all sides, often at a rate of 7 to 10 artillery shells per minute. Black smoke billowed from the camp's bombed-out, smoldering buildings, most of which have been reduced to rubble.

Four Lebanese soldiers were killed and nine wounded. [ [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/07/four_lebanese_s.php Four Lebanese soldiers killed in heavy fighting | Ya Libnan | Lebanon News Live from Beirut ] ]

July 14: Katyusha attacks

In an unexpected escalation in fighting at Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, Fatah al-Islam militants fired on at least 15 107mm Katyusha rockets at towns surrounding the camp. A Lebanese Army statement said random rockets fired from inside the camp left one civilian dead and several others wounded.

Clashes on July 14 centered around the Safouri and Saasaa neighborhoods inside the camp. The army surrounded a group of militants in a shelter in Safouri, cutting them off, as soldiers continued to advance on all fronts, supported by artillery which pounded militants in the southwestern sector of the camp.

The army statement said soldiers have taken control of several buildings inside the camp that had been used by Fatah al-Islam snipers. Army engineers are working to clear the buildings of mines and booby-traps, and clear blocked roads in the camp, the statement said. The army source said booby-traps have slowed progress: "They have booby trapped everything, dynamite is everywhere." The army confirmed that two Lebanese Army soldiers had died. [ [http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=83828 The Daily Star - Politics - Fatah al-Islam fires rockets into civilian areas ] ]

July 15: Katyusha attacks

Security officials said at least five Katyusha rockets landed in farm fields in the northern Akkar region, a few miles north of the Nahr el-Bared camp. [ [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/07/islamist_milita.php Islamist Militants fire 5 Katyusha rockets in north Lebanon | Ya Libnan | Lebanon News Live from Beirut ] ]

Unknown gunmen shot dead Dharrar Rifai at Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in south Lebanon. Rifai was a member of the now defunct Jund al-Sham group. [ [http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2007/07/jund_elsham_act_1.php Jund el-Sham activist killed in s. Lebanon as battles rage in north | Ya Libnan | Lebanon News Live from Beirut ] ]

August 1: 3 killed on Lebanese Army anniversary

Fatah al-Islam fighters have killed three Lebanese soldiers during continuing clashes at a Palestinian refugee camp as the Lebanese army celebrates its 62nd anniversary. [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8799E7D3-3381-4916-8AF6-EDCFB3C896A4.htm]

August 2: killing of Abu Hureira

On August 2, Abu Hureira, the deputy commander of Fatah al-Islam, was killed in Abu Samra during a shootout with Lebanese police when he tried to flee them whilst shooting at a checkpoint set up by the police. [ [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/06/africa/ME-GEN-Lebanon-Militant-Killed.php Lebanese authorities announce they killed Fatah Islam deputy commander - International Herald Tribune ] ]

August 21: truce

Fatah al-Islam fighters asked for a ceasefire to allow their families and remaining civilians to be evacuated. Military officials said that they would stop firing artillery shells into Nahr al-Bared in order to allow people to leave but it would not agree to a formal truce. [ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D8AF375C-A3EA-41F2-A01D-A3B344FD0372.htm Al Jazeera English - News - Fatah Al-Islam Seeks Lebanon Truce ] ]

September 2: camp taken

Lebanese troops took control of the Palestinian refugee camp, killing at least 31 fighters who tried to flee [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6975020.stm BBC NEWS | Middle East | Lebanon PM welcomes end of siege ] ]

September 7: victory declared

The Lebanese Army officially declares victory in Naher al-Bared.


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