Palestinian killed by Lebanese army in northern camp

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Published Monday, June 18, 2012

At least one person was killed and a number injured on Monday when the Lebanese army fired on protesters in a northern refugee camp, sources told Al-Akhbar.

Palestinians throwing stones at the army were shot at by the military in the Nahr Al-Bared camp near Tripoli, sources in the camp said.

One man died from his wounds while at least six people were injured.

There were also large protests over the treatment of Palestinians in the Badawi camp, 15 kilometers from Nahr al-Bared.

Representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Lebanon Fathi Abu Al-Ardat was expected to meet with military officials on Monday evening in an attempt to calm the situation.

The killing comes two days after a man died in similar circumstances, with the army using live ammunition on protesters.

The Palestinian leadership presented the army with a number of demands over the weekend, including an investigation into the killings and an end to a state of emergency in the camp.

The Lebanese army laid siege to Nahr al-Bared in 2007 in an attempt to arrest members of Fatah al-Islam.

Over 400 people died in the three month-long siege, and tensions between the military and Palestinians remain.

The army retains a strong grip on the area, searching Palestinians leaving or entering, treatment that has created much resentment within the local population.

Roads blocked in Beirut

Elsewhere in the capital Beirut the families of pilgrims kidnapped last month in the Syrian city of Aleppo blocked a road leading to the airport, the National News Agency said.

The families put "public transportation vehicles" in the road, the NNA said, adding that one half of the road was later reopened.

(Al-Akhbar, NNA)


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