Detention common for critics of army’s Nahr al-Bared policies

Matt Nash, Now Lebanon– October 19, 2010 (read the whole article)

Farah Kobaissy had some time to kill Saturday morning. She was headed to a meeting in Lebanon’s northern Akkar district that was delayed a few hours, so she instead decided to visit friends in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp.

Kobaissy, 23, did not have her state ID card (hawiyah), only her identification papers (ikhraj kayd). The Lebanese army, which still surrounds the camp and controls entry and exit to both the official camp and the surrounding areas commonly known as the “new camp,” would not let her enter, even though, she told NOW Lebanon, she’d been allowed in with her identification papers “dozens” of times in the past. 


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