From 05/20/2007, after 105 days of fighting and constant shelling, which turned the Palestinian refugee camp Nahr al-Bared in North Lebanon, close to the city of Tripoli, to a pile of rubble, the Lebanese army, finally, took over the last “Fatah al-Islam” positions in the camp.
On 09/01/2007 the last of the “Fatah al-Islam” fighters tried to breach out from the besieged camp and in the battle which erupted at least 31 Islamic fighters were killed, another 10 were captured and the battle to restore Lebanon sovereignty and integrity came to an end.
The Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr said on Tuesday 09/04/2007 that 202 militants from the Fatah al-Islam group were captured since fighting erupted in May.
Lebanese troops killed at least 222 Islamist militants in three months of fighting, 160 soldiers died and at least 42 civilians. Minister Elias Murr added that "an undetermined number" of Fatah al-Islam members were buried in mass graves in the camp by their comrades. According to this numbers 424 people were killed in the battle in Nahr al-Bared. About 40,000 inhabitants fled Nahr al-Bared and have nothing but rubbles to return to.
*The Nahr al-Bared battle was the bloodiest confrontation in Lebanon since the end of the Lebanese civil war, in fact, in 1991.
* Although, giving the destruction, the time and the staggering number of Lebanese army casualties, the military achievement is not impressive at all, but the battle is a huge success to the Lebanese government and society that managed to stay intact within the Lebanese consensus despite the sectarian tension that is typical to Lebanon.
* Iran and Saudi Arabia managed, behind the scene, to contain the threat so it will not become a regional crisis. (see – IRAN-SAUDI AXIS)
* So far there is no political demand to investigate the, so called, atrocities, civilian massacres and genocide of Palestinians conducted by the Lebanese Army. The Arab League, the European Union or the UN did not convene even once to discuss the humanitarian crisis as was the case in Jenin refugee camp when Israel fought the Palestinians in 04/2002.
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