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Lebanon "Hudna" Day 2: Still Embedded with the Enemy

Our press is still hard at work today, presenting the terrorist point-of-view from the Palestinian human shield "refugee" camps in Lebanon.

A masked fighter from the Fatah Islam group, stands at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About 15,000 of Palestinian civilians trickled out of the besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting overnight, as a senior Islamic militant who goes by the name Abu Hureira and identified himself as Fatah Islam's deputy leader, vowed Wednesday that fighters holed up in the Palestinian refugee camp besieged by Lebanese troops will never surrender or leave and will fight to the death if attacked. (AP Photo / Hussein Malla)


I'll be tracking the photos as they come in, so be sure to check back periodically for new updates.
A militant from Fatah al-Islam is seen in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon May 23, 2007. Thousands of Palestinians fled a besieged refugee camp on Wednesday after a fragile truce halted fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda-inspired militants. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)


A fighter from the Fatah Islam group, holds his automatic gun machine as he shouts anti-Lebanese army slogans at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About 15,000 of Palestinian civilians trickled out of the besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting mostly held overnight. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


"Mostly" held. Very funny.

A militant of the Fatah al-Islam stands in the street in the Palestinian Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon May 23, 2007. Thousands of Palestinians fled a besieged refugee camp on Wednesday after a fragile truce halted fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda-inspired militants. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)


Two fighters from the Fatah Islam group, keep a lookout at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About 15,000 of Palestinian civilians trickled out of a besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting mostly held overnight. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


Militants of Fatah al-Islam walk in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon May 23, 2007. Thousands of Palestinians fled a besieged refugee camp on Wednesday after a fragile truce halted fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda-inspired militants. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)


Two fighters of the Islamic militant group Fatah Islam patrol a street at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. A senior Islamic militant who goes by the name Abu Hureira and identified himself as Fatah Islam's deputy leader, vowed Wednesday that fighters holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp besieged by Lebanese troops will never surrender or leave and will fight to the death if attacked, while some hundreds of Palestinian civilians carrying their belongings in plastic bags trickled out of a besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting overnight. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)


A fighter from the Fatah Islam group, wears an explosives belt that he said he would detonate against Lebanese army troops, at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About 15,000 of Palestinian civilians carrying their belongings in plastic bags trickled out of a besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting mostly held overnight. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


Militants from the Fatah al-Islam are seen in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon May 23, 2007. Thousands of Palestinians fled a besieged refugee camp on Wednesday after a fragile truce halted fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda-inspired militants. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)


A militant carrying explosives stands in the street in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon May 23, 2007. Thousands of Palestinians fled a besieged refugee camp on Wednesday after a fragile truce halted fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda-inspired militants. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)


Crocodile Tears


I'm sure this mosque couldn't possibly have been used as a hideout by the terrorists. Palestinian "freedom fighers" would never ever do that, riiight?

A Palestinian man, reads the Quran, Islam's holy book, inside a damaged mosque at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About 15,000 of Palestinian civilians trickled out of a besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting mostly held overnight. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


Palestinians gather for prayers at a damaged mosque at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon Wednesday, May 23, 2007. Hundreds of Palestinian civilians trickled out of a besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting mostly held overnight. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)


Palestinians praying inside a damaged mosque at the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About half of the camp's civilian population - more than 15,000 - have fled since Tuesday night, hours after a truce went into effect. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


... Even More Crocodile Tears



A Palestinian weeps as she prepares to leave Nahr al-Bared in northern Lebanon. Palestinians streamed out of a battered camp in northern Lebanon as the guns fell silent after three days of ferocious fighting between Islamist militiamen and the Lebanese army.(AFP/Ramzi Haidar)


A Palestinian woman gestures after she fled from Nahr al-Bared refugee camp to Beddawi refugee camp in northern Lebanon May 23, 2007. Thousands of Palestinians fled a besieged refugee camp on Wednesday after a fragile truce halted fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda-inspired militants. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)


Gosh...


... how do such bad people get such tight control over these "refugee" camps?

A Palestinian woman walks past an image of Yasser Arafat in Shatila refugee camp near Beirut May 23, 2007. The Lebanese army is trying to crush Fatah al-Islam, a militant group led by a Palestinian but with little or no support among Lebanon's Palestinian refugee population of 400,000. Dozens of people have died in three days of fighting. REUTERS/Sharif Karim (LEBANON)


Willing Human Shields


It's incredibly difficult to distinguish between innocent bystander, and willing accomplice in the violent world that Yasser Arafat created.

A Palestinian woman, shouts anti-Lebanese army slogans as she stands in front of a damaged shop in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About 15,000 of Palestinian civilians carrying their belongings in plastic bags trickled out of a besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting overnight, as a senior Islamic militant who goes by the name Abu Hureira and identified himself as Fatah Islam's deputy leader, vowed Wednesday that fighters holed up in the Palestinian refugee camp besieged by Lebanese troops will never surrender or leave and will fight to the death if attacked. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


Palestinian women walk in an alley in Shatila refugee camp near Beirut May 23, 2007. The Lebanese army is trying to crush Fatah al-Islam, a militant group led by a Palestinian but with little or no support among Lebanon's Palestinian refugee population of 400,000. Dozens of people have died in three days of fighting. REUTERS/Sharif Karim (LEBANON)


"Quick...


Somebody hand that man a baby!"

Okay, I admit I'm being a complete cynic here, but it's part and parcel of me being an evil Zionist. Does anyone else find it strange that these men are both of nominal military (or, in this case, "militant") age, the top one, especially? And what about their babies, make that their "alleged" babies, being in deep dispair?

Is it beyond the realm of possibility that perhaps these men are "borrowing" someone else's children to try and escape the terrorist base amongst the civilians who are genuinely trying to get away?

Stranger things have happened in the Middle East, that's for sure. Our press is reluctant to consider that possibility, of course.

A Palestinian man, caries a baby who cries as they flee the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. About 15,000 Palestinian trickled out of the besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting mostly held overnight. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


A Palestinian man, caries his baby as he flee from the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared, in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Wednesday May 23, 2007. Palestinian civilians trickled out of the besieged refugee camp Wednesday after a truce in the fighting mostly held overnight. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


This last one is patently obvious:

Palestinians flee from Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon May 23, 2007. Thousands of Palestinians fled a besieged refugee camp on Wednesday after a fragile truce halted fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda-inspired militants. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)


Update: As sharp-eyed reader Waza points out, the gentlemen in the above photos are all together. At the very least, it's a staged photo op for the photographer's benefit. My more eeeevil Zionist cynical side still suspects the sinister interpretation of these photographs, of course.

Thanks for the tip, Waza!

 Tags: hussein malla mohammed azakir nasser nasser AFP AP REUTERS Lebanon


Comments:

#1 waza 23-May-2007
In the final 3 pics it is the same 2 guys with the same baby standing in the back of a truck. Look close the spot on the baby's clothes and hair cut, same baby.
Maybe it is just me but when big news reports on a refugee camp they show tents, unkempt refugees, and bicycles, hand carts and a really horrid conditions.
I see 2 stroy houses, multi-story buildings, shops and cars. Is this a city or a refugee camp? If it were anything but muslims living there it would be the city of Shatila and not a refugee camp.
#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 23-May-2007
Waza,

Good point! I had caught that the second two pictures featured the same subject, but had missed the connection with the first picture.

At the very least, that scene is a staged photo op, something I've been documenting for quite a while now.

You're spot on about these not being "refugee" camps, but full-fledged cities. The question that Lebanon needs to ask itself now is: If the people in these camps don't consider themselves to be bound under Lebanese authority, then why should they be allowed to stay? Either adapt to and obey the laws of the nation hosting you, or get kicked out...

Easier said than done, of course. We've got our own problems with this concept States-side...

Thank you for taking the time to point out that little missed tidbit!

Most Respectfully,
Brian
#3 Gorge ornchman 28-Oct-2007
oki,we all now that israel is the most terroists country ever,how many masscares israel commit in the recently wars..Palastin,Lebanon,more than 1 million kid under 7 age were killed by israelian Air-Force or the Defence force killed or hunted,how many reporters were killed and not beeing showed in the TV..we must know that israel should stop the war and israel must rebuild agian by a good nation and kick the jewishs from the control becouse they dont know how to use it for good things..they use it for BAD things.
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