Fighting between Lebanese troops and Islamist gunmen from a Palestinian refugee camp has killed at least 40 people in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.
Some 15 fighters from the radical Fatah Islam group [an Islamist organization not to be confused with the al-Fatah organization of Mahmoud Abbas — ed.] and 23 Lebanese soldiers died in intense battles, reports said.
At least two civilians were also killed and a further 40 reportedly hurt in the worst internal fighting Lebanon has seen since the civil war ended in 1990.
There’s some dispute about whether the group is linked to al-Qaeda or Syria, but there’s no doubt that they are another nasty bunch that believes that the path to paradise runs through puddles of blood.