After Hezbollah assassination, Lebanon stands at the abyss again

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Lebanon's pro-Hezbollah daily Al-Akhbar says the Shiite movement is mulling an attack on Israel which it blames for the assassination of one of its senior commanders Wednesday, the biggest single blow to the Iranian-backed group in six years.

Lebanon's army caught in the crossfire again

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 12 (UPI) -- Lebanon's military is struggling to maintain a modicum of security in a country that's lurching toward another sectarian showdown, fueled largely by the civil war raging next door in Syria, a state that's shed much Lebanese blood over the years.

Lebanese minister escapes gunfire

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Security sources in Lebanon said Friday that 11 people were injured when pro-Islamist demonstrators opened fire on the country's youth minister.
Lebanese jihadist 'killed in Syrian blast'

Lebanese jihadist 'killed in Syrian blast'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 24 (UPI) -- If reports a senior terrorist was killed in Syria are true, it could be a sign of a growing presence of jihadist veterans in what could become a sectarian war.

Refugees capture militant commander

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Palestinian refugees caught a suspected top commander of a militant group hiding near the besieged Nahr al-Bared camp in Lebanon.

Militants targeted in northern Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The Lebanese army conducted a pair of raids Wednesday in northern Lebanon as part of an effort to oust militants seeking refuge there.

Lebanese troops bombard militants

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, July 13 (UPI) -- The Lebanese army on Friday resumed heavy strikes against militants holed up in a refugee camp near Tripoli.

Lebanon prepares for attack on camp

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 11 (UPI) -- Civilians were fleeing a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon as the Lebanese Army reportedly prepared to go after Fatah al-Islam fighters.

Lebanese army, militants, trade fire

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, June 23 (UPI) -- Lebanese soldiers and Islamic militants traded fire Saturday as fighting at a refugee camp near Tripoli entered its fifth week.

Lebanese PM wants civilians out of camp

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 12 (UPI) -- Getting civilians out of a Palestinian refugee camp where battles are raging in northern Lebanon may not be as easy as the Lebanese prime minister hopes.

Militants surrender to Fatah in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 5 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Fatah movement in Lebanon is assuming a leading role in trying to defuse the ongoing battles between Islamic militants and the army.

Fighting spreads in Lebanon

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, June 3 (UPI) -- At least five people were wounded Sunday when fighting broke out in a second Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.

Aid agency seeks safe corridor in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 1 (UPI) -- Aid agencies have been unable to enter a refugee camp in northern Lebanon, where battles are raging between the army and extremist Islamic militants.

Army, militants, clash in Lebanon

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, May 20 (UPI) -- About 40 people were reported dead Sunday when government troops exchanged fierce gunfire with militants in northern Lebanon.
Nahr al-Bared
A plume of smoke rises from the center of Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp, near Tripoli, on Tuesday June 5, 2007. The Lebanese military continues bombarding positions held by the Islamic militant group Fatah al-Islam. (UPI Photo)

Nahr al-Bared (Arabic: نهر البارد‎, literally: Cold River) is a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, 16 km from the city of Tripoli. Some 30,000 displaced Palestinians and their descendents live in and around the camp, which was named after the river that runs south of the camp. The Lebanese Army is banned from entering all Palestinian camps under the 1969 Cairo Agreement.

The camp was established in December 1949 by the League of Red Cross Societies in order to accommodate the Palestinian refugees suffering from the difficult winter conditions in the Beqaa Valley and the suburbs of Tripoli. The camp was established outside any major Lebanese towns or settlements, which left Nahr al-Bared Camp (NBC) more isolated from the Lebanese society than many of the other camps in Lebanon. Despite this, due to its position on the main road to Syria and its proximity to the Syrian border, NBC grew to be a central commercial hub for the local Lebanese of the Akkar region.

In 60 years of living side by side, the people of NBC and the local Lebanese inter-married, built social and economic relations and would visit each other regularly. However, there are some problems between the Palestinian refugees and the Lebanese. The Palestinian refugees are frustrated because of restrictions imposed on them, and the Lebanese are suspicious of the unstable conditions in the camp. During Operation Nahr el-Bared camp, many residents were killed.

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