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In pictures: Clashes in Lebanon

A Lebanese soldier takes up a position at the entrance to the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp

Fighting is continuing between Lebanese troops and Islamist militants at the Nahr al-Bared camp for Palestinian refugees near the northern city of Tripoli.

Empty bullet cartridges lie on a road near the camp

Dozens of people - soldiers, militants and civilians - have been killed in the violence, which began on Sunday.

Lebanese soldiers patrol a street near the refugee camp

Lebanese troops are exchanging fire with militants belonging to Fatah al-Islam, a radical group suspected of links to al-Qaeda, who are holed up in the camp.

UN aid trucks carrying food and water wait to enter the refugee camp

A UN convoy tried to deliver aid to the camp, where conditions are said to be deteriorating, but was forced to leave after shells exploded near its vehicles.

Lebanese civil defence workers evacuate a family from inside the camp

A few people have been evacuated from Nahr al-Bared, but the camp houses more than 30,000 people, many of whom remain trapped inside.

A boy runs in front of burning tyres at the entrance to the Bedawi refugee camp, adjacent to Nahr al-Bared camp

Officials fear the fighting could trigger broader unrest. There have been angry protests at other Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and two blasts in Beirut.

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