Nahr al-Bared Camp: Looting Nahr al-Bared





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Published on Nov 4, 2007

In May 2007 Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp, home to over 30,000 Palestinian refugees, became the site of a 3-month battle between the Lebanese Army and extremist group Fatah al-Islam. During this time over 40 civilians, 167 soldiers and over 200 Fatah al-Islam members were killed. 30,000 refugees were displaced. From the official end of the battle, in early September, until the 10th of October the camp was under exclusive Lebanese army control.

When parts of the new camp were re-opened and the first thousand families returned to Nahr al-Bared, they returned to houses that had been burnt, looted and vandalised.
Witnesses attest to what appears to be a systematic pattern of burning and looting. Racist graffiti written in many homes in the camp is signed with the names of various Lebanese Army commando groups.

No military or independent investigation has been carried out, although Amnesty International has written to the Lebanese government, calling for an investigation to be initiated and those responsible to be held accountable. Journalists and human rights organisations are being denied entry to the camp.

This short documentary deals with the looting and burning of Nahr al-Bared Camp. "Looting Nahr al-Bared" can here be downloaded in good quality:

Links to versions in other languages can be found on the website of the anarchist film collective a-films: http://a-films.blogspot.com

contact: nahralbared[at]riseup[dot]net

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