Palestinian security forces capture a senior member of Fatah al-Islam in Beddawi camp.
|Fatah al-Islam fighters have been laid to rest, but
the identities of the men have not
Dozens of bodies of Fatah al-Islam fighters have been buried in a mass grave in Lebanon, but only numbers identify them.
DNA tests have been carried out by the Lebanese authorities on all the corpses, but they have not been able to identify the bodies and none of their families have come to claim them.
The “graveyard of foreigners” is where they have been buried/ The dead are thought to have come from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Algeria as well as Palestinians.
Fatah al-Islam fought the Lebanese army for more than 15 weeks at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, drawing fighters from across the Arab world.
Some of them were killed in the early days of the fighting, others weeks later, and many during a failed escape attempt on the day the fighting ended.
Sheikh Ibrahim al-Turk, a religious leader in Tripoli, said: “They made mistakes, but it is not up to us to judge them. God will judge them … all we are giving them is the right to a proper burial.”
But not all agree. The dozens of residents from the city and nearby areas came to watch the burial of the men who killed almost 170 soldiers from the Lebanese army.
Ali, one Lebanese man, said many Lebanese people were glad that Fatah al-Islam fighters were killed, and did not want them to be buried in Lebanon at all.
The fate of Fatah al-Islam’s leader, Shaker al-Absi, is still not known, since he has not been captured, nor has his body been found. Furthermore, al-Absi is wanted in Syria and Jordan on terrorism charges.
Because of the lack of identification, their coffins have been placed in a specific order so that they can be claimed by their families at a later date.