Lebanon Seeks Aid in Fighting Islamists

Minister asks foreign governments for cash as troops shell refugee camp
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2007 5:07 AM CDT
Lebanon Seeks Aid in Fighting Islamists
'   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Lebanon's finance minister appealed to Arab and Western governments yesterday, begging for money and supplies to help fight militants in a Palestinian refugee camp. Thirty Lebanese troops, 15 members of the group Fatah al-Islam, and more than 25 civilians have been killed in two days of clashes.

As Lebanese troops continued to continued to shell the camp, which they are barred from entering, Sami Haddad told CNN "it's no secret" Beirut could be doing better."
President Bush voiced support: "Extremists that are trying to topple that young democracy need to be reined in." Lebanon has blamed Syria for backing the extremists, and Bush said "there's no question" Syria is still meddling in its neighbor's affairs. (Read more Lebanon stories.)

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