- Title: LEBANON: Two Lebanese soldiers die in Palestinian refugee camp fighting
- Date: 19th June 2007
- Summary: (W3) NAHR AL-BARED CAMP, LEBANON (JUNE 19) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DESTROYED BUILDINGS IN NAHR AL-BARED CAMP
- Embargoed: 4th July 2007 13:00
- Location: Lebanon
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Defence / Military
- Reuters ID: LVA7ORYZ8CMI1HOISF7OWFK05XC7
- Story Text: Two Lebanese soldiers die in Palestinian camp fighting as mediators say a truce agreement is close after five weeks of deadly clashes.
A Lebanese soldier was killed on Tuesday (June 19) at Nahr al-Bared camp north Lebanon where the army has been fighting Islamist militants for a fifth week, security sources said.
They said another Lebanese soldier died from wounds sustained earlier.
Witnesses said army shelling resumed early in the morning of the al Qaeda-inspired militants entrenched in the Palestinian refugee camp and later intensified on the camp's eastern side.
The sources said the army seemed close to its goal of crushing Fatah al-Islam's positions on the camp's edges and had destroyed a main position it had used as a weapons store and training centre.
Security sources said soldiers discovered bodies of seven militants in a building where they were checking for boobytraps.
The fighting is Lebanon's worst internal violence since the 1975-1990 civil war. At least 162 people, including 73 soldiers, more than 57 militants and 32 civilians, have been killed.
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