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20 Militants, 2 Soldiers Killed Near Refugee Camp in Lebanon

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Lebanon's army says at least 20 Islamist militants and two soldiers were killed in a battle on Sunday near a Palestinian refugee camp.

Authorities say the fighting broke out when Fatah al-Islam militants tried to flee the Nahr al-Bared camp near Tripoli in northern Lebanon. Security forces said several militants were captured.

Lebanese officials believe fewer than 100 Fatah al-Islam militants remain at the shantytown, where they have battled Lebanese troops since May 20th.

The army has vowed to continue attacking the militants until they surrender unconditionally.

The fighting has killed around 150 Lebanese soldiers and more than 120 militants and civilians.

Most of the more than 30-thousand people who normally inhabit the camp fled to other areas in the early weeks of the battle.
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