Since 10 October 2007, residents of the destroyed Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon have been gradually allowed by the Lebanese army to return to the ruins of their homes. However, the core of the camp, the so-called “old camp,” as well as parts of the “new camp,” which doesn’t fall under the mandate of the UN
agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA
, remain sealed off and are still under the exclusive control of the Lebanese army. Ray Smith reports from Nahr al-Bared.