79 people are dead in what has been the worst outbreak of violence in Lebanon since the end of the country’s civil war 15 years ago. The fighting between Lebanese troops and Islamic militants in and around Nahr el-Bared, a large Palestinian refugee camp in Tripoli, began Sunday in an apparent attempt to apprehend some bank-robbery suspects. The fighting is now in it’s second day, there are reports of as many as 24 civilians killed. The small extremist group Fatah Islam is thought to be recruiting in the camp, exploiting the squalid living conditions and desperation of the some 30,000 Palestinians who reside in there. As the violence continues, The Wire looks at the history of a Lebanon’s civil unrest and the future of the Palestinian refugees who live there.

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