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Sentencing of Palestinians fuels tension in Lebanon camp

Soldiers stand guard on the road leading to a Palestinian refugee camp on April 7, 2014 in the Lebanese port of SidonThe Lebanese army sent reinforcements Saturday to a refugee camp after a court handed heavy sentences to 22 Palestinians over deadly clashes six years ago between Islamists and the army. Friday’s verdicts in Beirut were the latest in the ongoing trials of Lebanese and other Arabs accused of involvement in the months-long 2007 battles at Nahr al-Bared in northern Lebanon. Judicial sources said two Palestinians were sentenced to death in absentia, six others were handed life sentences and the others were given jail terms of between seven and 20 years. Hundreds of suspects were later arrested and around 100 were charged with membership in Fatah al-Islam and put on trial, judicial sources said.

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