File - The rebuilding of Nahr al-Bared camp, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Prime Minister Tamman Salam Friday asked Arab states for nearly $300 million in additional funding to finish rebuilding the destroyed northern Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp and surrounding areas.The camp was completely destroyed in the summer of 2007 during three months of fierce clashes between the Lebanese Army and militiamen from the now-disbanded fundamentalist group Fatah al-Islam.By December last year, just under 6,000 Palestinians displaced in 2007 had returned to Nahr al-Bared, while more than 15,000 individuals remained in temporary shelters or in the nearby Beddawi camp, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.The Lebanese government has stated that $345 million is required to completely rebuild the camp, with an additional $122 million needed for areas surrounding Nahr al-Bared that were also destroyed or damaged in the 2007 clashes.
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