Friday, June 15, 2007

Feeding disenchantment

by Lucy Fielder from Al-Ahram Weekly

Lebanese officials have also talked about using Nahr Al-Bared, a camp north of Tripoli where the army is besieging the militant Sunni organisation, Fatah Al-Islam, as a "model", says Mohamed Ali Khalidi, a philosophy professor at the American University of Beirut and researcher for the Institute of Palestine Studies. The battle has killed at least 140 people, more than 60 of them soldiers, and shelling has destroyed parts of the camp, once home to about 40,000 refugees. An army source said the siege would continue until the militants surrendered ... Fatah Al-Islam is not considered to be a Palestinian group, with most of its members being Lebanese and other Arab nationalities, with some Palestinians. Radical Salafi ideology and Al-Qaeda inspire the group rather than Palestinian resistance.

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