Al Jazeera has broadcast the first pictures from inside the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon as the fighting continues between the national army and Fatah al-Islam.
The footage was filmed by an Al Jazeera cameraman on Tuesday as the Lebanese army shelled the camp near Tripoli for the third consecutive day.
Eli Bakhya, the cameraman who entered the camp, said he was able to go only about a kilometre into the camp, and that the presence of snipers prevented him from going any farther and they were stuck in the middle.
He said buildings everywhere were destroyed.
"Around five women were lying outside because their home was destroyed," he said.Walid Abdullah, a nurse taking care of casualties in the camp, said the situation was disastrous.
"It was not like you see on TV, it was very hard."
He said the bombardment from the army was targeting civilians and that three mosques were hit.
Abdullah said bodies were piling up in the streets and that there was a threat of disease.
"Many dead bodies are lying on the streets," he said. "They are bloated and smelling and there is a threat of epidemics."
He said there was no effort being made to recover the bodies and there were insufficient supplies to deal with the situation.
"The wounded have not been cleared ... since last night no rescue operations have taken place."
Abdullah said the water and power supplies had been cut and there were a large number of civilians, about 100 people, who urgently needed evacuating from the camp.