Thousands Flee Lebanon Camp

Lull in fighting allows Palestinians to escape violence, horrid conditions
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2007 5:47 AM CDT
Palestinians flee the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Thousands of people fled from the area late Tuesday during a lull in the fighting...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Thousands of Palestinians escaped heavy fighting inside a Lebanon refugee camp yesterday. The BBC reports vehicles flying white flags and crammed with people fled the Nahr al-Bared camp during a lull in the battle between Lebanese army units and the militant group Fatah al-Islam. Refugees are heading for another camp in Northern Lebanon.

The fighting has claimed at least 50 lives since Sunday, and ravaged the camp. BBC News quoted a Palestinian refugee who described conditions inside the camp. "No power, no food, no water. There is no hospital inside the camp. There are a lot of people injured. There are a lot of people dying."