The Lebanese army is saying that it has made major advances against the Fatah al-Islam gang in the Nahr El Bared camp, seizing an ammunition cache and detaining one of the terrorists' medic, Omar Abu Merssi. The National News Agency is reporting that the group's spiritual advisor, Haitham al-Saadi, has surrendered to the army this afternoon.
Fatah's al-Islam's fighting power has diminished in the past two days, an army officer told AFP. The armed forces have been bombarding the group's positions from land, sea, and for the first time today, air. A Gazelle helicopter, one of many acquired recently, was seen firing several rockets at Fatah al-Islam positions in the west sector of the camp.
The army believes Abu Merssi knows the whereabouts of Fatah al-Islam leader Shaker al-Abssi and his deputy Abu Hureira. The seized ammunition cache was said to be large, proving that "this terrorist gang has destructive objectives," an army statement said.