Fresh casualties reported as Lebanese army resumes operations against Fatah al-Islam.
“The army has found the bodies of six Islamists inside an apartment building in Abu Samra,” a spokesman for the Lebanese army said.
The clashes in the Abu Samra neighbourhood of Tripoli began after Lebanese army troops raiding a building came under fire.
“The Palestinian refugees are not being treated properly by Lebanon”
“[Abu Samra] is an area where most Islamist groups have their bases,” Zeina Khodr, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Lebanon, said.
Three Saudi nationals, one ethnic Chechen and two Lebanese were among the fighters killed by Lebanese army forces, officials said.
The dead fighters were not members of Fatah al-Islam, whose fighters have battled the Lebanese army in recent weeks at Nahr al-Bared camp, security sources said.
It is understood that information from a captured Fatah al-Islam member led the army to the apartment where the shootout took place.
A spokesman from Australia‘s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said three men with Australian citizenship were arrested by Lebanese security forces in Tripoli, without giving further details.
However, Lebanese security officials confirmed only one man with Australian citizenship was arrested in Tripoli in recent days.