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OPT/Lebanon: Situation Report, 07 Jun 2007

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NORTH LEBANON

So far, a total of 4825 displaced families are in the North Lebanon Area.

Nahr El Bared: Since this morning, Lebanese army tanks and helicopters are attacking the remaining Fatah al-Islam fighters holed up inside Nahr el-Bared camp. Overnight, the fighting dwindled to occasional bursts of machine gunfire following fierce gun battles between Fatah al-Islam militants and the Lebanese army. Local media said fighting was heaviest between 6 & 10 p.m. on 6 June as the Lebanese army shelled Fatah al-Islam positions in retaliation for mortar attacks on military positions.

Commander of mainstream Fatah in Lebanon, Sultan Abu El Einein, said Fatah al-Islam militants were "emitting their last breath," adding that only about 75 of them are still fighting at Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in north Lebanon. However, a senior member of Fatah al-Islam warned that the group was ready to expand its attacks beyond Lebanon.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warns of the worsening humanitarian situation in the camp, saying that unexploded ordnance was hampering relief activities. Nevertheless, an ambulance from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) packed with medicine and vegetables entered the camp on 6 June to supply an estimated 3,000 - 5,000 inhabitants.

Six UNRWA staff members remain inside Nahr el-Bared while 28 persons were evacuated yesterday by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS). Camp inhabitants suffer from shortage of food, electricity and medical supplies. It is estimated that 5,761 families have left Nahr el-Bared.

Beddawi camp: In nearby Beddawi Camp, all UNRWA installations (other than schools) are operating normally. UNRWA, with the cooperation of UNICEF, is providing transportation to take Baccalaureate and Brevet students from Beddawi camp to UNRWA schools in Tripoli and Mina towns.

SAIDA AREA

UNRWA Installations in the Saida area are operating normally.

Ein El Hilweh camp: The situation remains tense in Ein el-Hilweh despite the cessation of violence. A disengagement Palestinian security force was deployed in two neighborhoods of Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon to prevent a renewal of clashes between Islamic militants and Lebanese troops that have so far claimed three lives. Messages broadcast from mosque minarets urged people to reopen stores and resume normal life in the camp. The army reopened its checkpoints around the camp for traffic.

The Lebanese Army have distributed leaflets amongst Palestine Refugees at Ein el-Hilweh encouraging them to cooperate in fighting terrorism, and reassuring them that it is a war against terrorism and not against Palestinians.

Mieh Mieh camp: The situation is calm at nearby Mieh Mieh camp.

CENTRAL LEBANON (Beirut and surroundings)

All UNRWA installations are operating normally. However, the situation is tense due to both the explosions happening at night in various areas of Beirut and the threat of bombs against various UN facilities.

UNRWA assistance for displaced families throughout Lebanon continues. It includes the distribution to them of mattresses, pillows, covers, hygiene kits and food parcels (containing food supplies for 5 persons for a period of 30 days).