By Harry de Quetteville in Shatila camp, Beirut
25 May 2007
Islamic militants besieged inside a refugee camp in Lebanon will fight "to the last drop of blood", supporters of their leader said yesterday.
Al-Absi, a 52-year-old jet pilot turned Islamic extremist, has rallied a band of self-proclaimed jihadis from across the Arab world after arriving in Lebanon shortly before the cross-border battles with Israel last summer.
Ibrahim abu Mohamed, who remembers meeting al-Absi, said in a Beirut room festooned with Palestinian flags: "They will fight to the last drop of blood. They are religious people who love to be martyrs for Islam. They want to meet God."
"We want to liberate Holy ground beginning with Lebanon and ending with Jerusalem," Abu Salim Taha, one of its fighters, said yesterday from inside Nahr al-Bared.
"We want Sharia law not atheist law. Every land Islam has entered must return to Muslim hands."
More on "religious people who love to be martyrs for islam" at "The Telegraph" UK