Lebanese army victory hailed by expatriates

DUBAI — Dubai-based Lebanese and Arab community members have expressed their happiness over the recent victory of the Lebanese army over the militants. They have, however, said they expected more from the Lebanese army.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Tue 4 Sep 2007, 8:54 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:01 AM

More than three months after the fighting had erupted between the Lebanese army and the militant group of Fatah Al Islam in Nahr Al Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp in the north of Lebanon, the Lebanese army was finally able to take over the camp. The Lebanese army has taken control of the last militant stronghold in the camp.

Rabie Mudallaly, a Lebanese national working as a product manager with a company in Dubai, said: "I believe the Lebanese army should have taken control over the camp a long time before. However, the situation is still unclear. Several Fatah militants have reportedly managed to escape. How did that happen?"

Rabie added: "Our authorities need to be firm against the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon to prevent them (refugees) from acquiring arms. Prevention is better than cure."

Doha, a public relations officer in Dubai who hails from Palestine, said it was crucial for the Lebanese army to uproot any militant group threatening Lebanon's national security. However, she felt the price was heavy for the civilian refugees in Nahr Al Bared.

"In my opinion, the way the Lebanese army has dealt with the problem was cruel and very aggressive. The Palestinian refugees who fled the camp lost homes and all their belongings. The situation for the refugees was pretty bad even before the fighting erupted. Now. it's even worse for them," she said.

Ali Al Shouk, an Iraqi journalist, noted that Fatah has close ties with Al Qaeda, and is inspired to a great extent by the latter.

"The Lebanese army managed to root out the militants before they could expand. But it the army a long time to take control of the camp. Fatah militants were using civilians as human shields," he said.

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