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Sunday, June 24, 2007 

Fighting spreads in Lebanon

Ten people have died after clashes between Fateh Al Islam and the Lebanese Army, in Lebanon's second city.

It comes forty-eight hours after the government declared the battle over.

The fighting has now spread out of the Nahr Al Bared camp and into the neary city of Tripoli.

Two civilians, one soldier, a policeman and at six Fateh Al Islam members are dead. It happened when the Army raided an apartment in the Abu Samra district of the city.

Syria has closed all borders with Lebanon as fears grow that the fighting will escalate and spread across Lebanon and overflow into Syria. Only the Masnaa crossing - on the Beirut-Damascus highway - is open. But there are long queues as people fear that crossing will soon be closed.

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thank you for this blog.
it's really helpful since i'm going to spend one month in syria to study arabic and i want to understand more about syrian politics.
i'd like to ask you a lot of things, but i'm afraid that most of them would seem rather childish questions to you... i admit i am really ignorant and confused, can you help me?

francesca, from italy

Hi Francesca...

There's no childish question!! Feel free to ask me whatever you like. You can email if you want: lio119@yahoo.com


Seems like something strange is happening there.

Tell me more Wassim.

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