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In pictures: Conflict in Shatila

Nahr al-Bared camp

Camps were set up across Lebanon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war for Palestinians who fled their homes or were driven out by advancing Israeli troops.

Palestinian refugees stream from newly founded Israeli state to Lebanon, Novement 1948

Many of the refugees left with just the clothes the wore and a few possessions. Hundreds of villages were cleared and demolished.

Palestinians evacuate Shatila camp after the War of the Camps, 1988

The Palestinian presence in Lebanon's complex sectarian mix has continued to be a source of instability that has fuelled the conflict.

Bodies of Palestinians after the Sabra and Shatila massacre, 1982

The worst incident was the Sabra and Shatila massacre by Lebanese Christian militias during Israel's occupation of West Beirut in 1982

The burial site of refugees massacred in Beirut's Sabra and Shatila camps.

The 1982 massacre shocked the world. Victims were buried in a mass grave a few hundred metres from Sabra and Shatila camps.

Palestinian refugees queue up for clean water in the camp of Shatila, 1985

Sabra and Shatila were in the firing line again less than three years later, when the War of the Camps broke out in 1985.

A Palestinian woman and her daughter come back from the Shatila refugee camp, 1985

Large numbers of Shatila residents fled the fighting between pro-Syrian forces and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

A young Palestinian fighter in Shatila, 1986

Palestinian fighters in the camps were besieged as Syria and its allies tried to gain control of strongholds loyal to Yasser Arafat.

A pro-Syrian Amal militiaman armed with a B-10 soviet made rocket propelled grenade shoots at Palestinian positions in Shatila , 1986

The War of the Camps went on for three years - one of the bloodiest and most destructive periods of Lebanon's long civil war.

the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila, 1987

The War of the Camps left Shatila in ruins. The original camp area was rebuilt, but refugees were prevented from reclaiming homes built in outlying areas.

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