May 25 - US air force airplanes have delivered military equipment to the Lebanese army, a Western diplomat and security officials have said.
The Lebanese government had requested more military aid from
Three military supply airplanes arrived at
"This shipment has previously been ordered by the Lebanese army, but it has now been accelerated because of the current urgent needs of the troops," a diplomat said.
"The fact the
She said the oposition accuses the Lebanese government of "working for the interests of the
The diplomat said the
The Lebanese army has been fighting the Fatah al-Islam movement in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north
"All the political parties [in
"The Palestinian Authority and the PLO are also denying Fatah al-Islam is [speaking for the] Palestinian [people] because it is a terrorist organistaion."
Sporadic gunfire exchanges punctured the lull in the fighting on Friday as the Lebanese army continued to build up around Nahr el-Bared, near the port city of
Speaking to Al Jazeera, a spokesman for the Fatah al-Islam group, said the group's fighters were committed to a truce with the Lebanese army.
The AFP news agency reported that death toll in the fighting had risen to 78.
Thousands of Palestinian refugees remain trapped inside.
On Thursday, Condoleezza Rice, the
"I certainly hope that the Lebanese government will be able to deal with these extremists," Rice said.
"It's just another example of extremists in the
The Lebanese An Nahar newspaper said that a first
Late on Thursday, a
The Lebanese military did not comment on the airlift, a sensitive issue in the country.
The remainder will be coming from other Arab states where the