The US State Department is expected to announce today the designation against al-Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam, which is suspected of having links with Syria.
The designation imposes financial and travel restrictions on the group and its members, officials said yesterday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the designation is not yet public.
At IPSnews today:
Palestinians displaced by the fighting at the northern Lebanese refugee camp Nahr al-Bared have accused the Lebanese Army of torturing and abusing civilians.
As the fighting between the Sunni Islamist group Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese army enters its 12th week, thousands of Nahr al-Bared residents have sought refuge in the nearby Baddawi camp. Many give detailed descriptions of days spent in detention under harsh interrogation.
The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Many came to Lebanon, and have lived in the dense, claustrophobic camps there ever since. The refugees are legally considered foreigners and are therefore barred from many basic rights enjoyed by Lebanese citizens, including a right to work (over 70 professions are proscribed). Nor can Palestinians in Lebanon own property or enter into the political process.
A site in Dutch of a free-lance journalist in Beirut, you can find here