Lebanese army helicopter strafes militants

A Lebanese army helicopter on Saturday strafed suspected positions of Islamic militants on the edge of a Palestinian refugee camp in the first air force involvement in nearly two weeks of fighting. The helicopter, a French-made Gazelle, directed machine gun fire at areas near the Mediterranean coastline. It was not clear what the aircraft was firing at, but it was possibly blocking an escape route by sea for the Fatah Islam militants. Lebanon has no fixed wing aircraft in its arsenal, but it has 33 helicopters, most of them transports.