Officials attend the event at Monroe Hotel Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Dozens of officials attended a ceremony at Monroe Hotel Wednesday to celebrate the completion of an Italian-funded project to rebuild a thousand houses in the decimated Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, north Lebanon.The Italian government supported the project with a 5 million euro ($5.4 million) grant which it had first pledged during the Vienna conference on June 23, 2008 . Nahr al-Bared was severely damaged during a three-month battle in 2007 between the Islamic extremist militant group Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese Army. Over 160 soldiers and well over 200 insurgents were killed in the battle. The fighting displaced 27,000 Palestinian refugees from the camp while over 50 civilians were killed in crossfire – the vast majority of whom were Palestinian. Ashraf Dabbour, the Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon, echoed Haber's words but added that further assistance is needed since there are still 12,000 houses that needed rehabilitation in the camp.
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