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The U.N. agency that oversees the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon, the scene of battles between Lebanese troops and Muslim militants, said on May 23 that it had been aware for months that heavily armed foreigners were moving into the Palestinian enclave but were helpless to stop them. The extremists of Fatah Islam, who local reports say hail from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bangladesh, apparently entered the camp, just north of Tripoli, several months ago. They are thought to have arrived in a group, not individually.