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In pictures: Lebanon refugees flee

Refugees leave Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon - 23/05/2007

Thousands of Palestinians are taking advantage of a lull in fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants to flee a refugee camp in northern Lebanon.

Refugees leave Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon - 23/05/2007

About 15,000 civilians - half of Nahr al-Bared's population - have left the camp, which is near the city of Tripoli.

Refugees leave Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon - 23/05/2007

The Nahr al-Bared camp has seen heavy fighting since Lebanese soldiers came under attack after arresting bank robbery suspects on Sunday.

Refugees leave Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon - 23/05/2007

Refugees say conditions inside the camp are desperate, with no food, water or power and no medical treatment for the many wounded people.

Refugees leave Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon - 23/05/2007

People have been leaving the camp by any means they can: by foot, truck or windowless cars.

Refugees leave Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon - 23/05/2007

Lebanon is home to more than 350,000 Palestinian refugees. Many fled or were forced from their original homes when Israel was created in 1948.

Refugees leave Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon - 23/05/2007

Many others were born in Lebanon and have grown up in the refugee camps.

Refugees leave Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon - 23/05/2007

People are fleeing either to Tripoli or to another nearby refugee camp. There are plans for schools to be set aside to shelter some of the refugees.




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