Gunmen surrender to Fatah in refugee camp

June 5, 2007 14:28


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A senior Palestinian commander of the Fatah faction said Tuesday that seven Fatah Islam militants who have battled the Lebanese army in a northern refugee camp have now surrendered to his group. Fatah commander Maj. Gen. Khaled Aref, based in the southern Ein el-Hilweh camp, said that the seven in Nahr el-Bared came over to Fatah positions, handed over their weapons and pledged to stay out of the fighting. Most Palestinian factions, such as Fatah, have opposed the al-Qaida inspired Fatah Islam, but have resisted authorities' calls to actively campaign against the militants.

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