More Violence Looms in Lebanon

Palestinians enraged at Lebanese troops threaten uprising
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2007 5:00 AM CDT
More Violence Looms in Lebanon
A Lebanese soldier holds his RPG launcher in a makeshift shelter at one of the main entrance of the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About 15,000 oPalestinian civilians carrying their belongings in plastic bags trickled out of...   (Associated Press)

Clashes between the Lebanese Army and a Palestinian militant group could spread throughout Lebanon, politicians, diplomats and refugees tell the Guardian. Anger is building among Palestinians  over civilian casualties from shelling of the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp during clashes with Fatah al-Islam militants last week.

"We have never experienced violence like this," one refugee from the camp said. "Not even the Israelis behaved like this." Leaders of Lebanon's sizable Palestinian contingent warned that militants in other camps could stage an uprising if the bloodshed continues. Lebanon is accusing Syria of fueling the violence. (More Lebanon stories.)

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