4 Saudi Fatah al-Islam Terrorists Killed in Lebanon
** 4 Saudi nationals were among those killed at the Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon.
** And… A terrorist who participated in the hijacking of the Achille Lauro is also holed up in the Palestinian refugee camp.
Angry relatives of Bilal Drakish, a prominent militant also known as Abu Jandal, who was shot dead in the raid on Wednesday, May 23, hold his coffin in Tripoli’s northern neighborhood of Tibanneh, Lebanon Thursday, May 24, 2007. Lebanese troops killed Wednesday an Islamic militant as he prepared to throw a grenade at a unit of security forces raiding an apartment in the country’s north, the police said. (AP Photo)
Ya Libnan reported:
Four Saudi nationals of the Fatah Al-Islam militant group are among those killed in clashes with Lebanese troops in a Palestinian camp of north Lebanon, an Arab newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Abdul Aziz Khoja, told Al-Hayat newspaper that up to now four Saudis have been killed in the ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and the Fatah Al-Islam group, but they have yet to be identified.Ya Liban
Lebanese troops have encircled Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp since May 20 when fighting broke out with the Fatah Al-Islam militia. Fatah Al Islam action resulted in the killing of 78 people, forced thousands to flee and trapped thousands more civilians inside which were used as human shields by the miltants.
Almost 25 Fatah Al-Islam members, including two of its leaders, have been killed and dozens taken prisoner in the confrontation.
A terrorist who escaped Italy after a conviction for taking part in the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruis ship is also fighting the Lebanese government in the camp.
Ya Libnan also reported:
A Palestinian who escaped from Italy while on parole for the 1985 hijacking of cruise ship Achille Lauro is holed up in the Lebanon refugee camp where the army is besieging Islamist militants.
Bassam al-Ashker, now 39, told reporters by telephone that he is now a militiaman for the mainstream Fatah faction of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and saw it as his duty to brave the fighting to help the thousands of trapped civilians.
Ashker was just 17 when he took part in the assault on the Achille Lauro by commandos of the Palestine Liberation Front of Abu Abbas in which some 450 passengers were held hostage for several days and a wheelchair-bound U.S. tourist was killed.
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