Lebanese authorities say five soldiers have been killed and at least 12 injured in the latest round of fighting with Islamic militants at a Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli.
After nearly three weeks of fighting, Lebanese military officials say they are gradually taking control of positions formerly held by the group Fatah al-Islam.
Heavy black smoke billowed from the Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon Saturday. A camp resident (Fathi Abu Ali) tells VOA there is no electricity and little water, and the situation in the camp is disastrous.
Tens of thousands of refugees have fled since fighting erupted in the camp on May 20th, but thousands remain inside.
At least 115 people have been killed -- militants, civilians and nearly 50 Lebanese troops.
The militants have repeatedly refused government demands to surrender. They say they intend to fight to the death.
Lebanese authorities say they have 32 Fatah al-Islam militants in custody.