3 Lebanese troops killed in refugee camp clashes

Three Lebanese soldiers were killed in sporadic fighting with al-Qaida-inspired Islamic operatives barricaded in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, a senior military official said Monday. The three soldiers died Sunday in battles with Fatah Islam gunmen holed up in a small area of the besieged Nahr el-Bared camp on the outskirts of the port city of Tripoli, the official said. The official added that two soldiers who were killed on July 14, but whose deaths were not made public at the time, were pulled from the rubble of a building in the camp on Friday. The deaths raised to 116 the number of troops killed since fighting broke out in the camp more than two months ago, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.