Deportees return to camp

MARJ ZOHOUR (Reuter) - Numbing cold and shellfire forced more than 400 Palestinians expelled by Israel back to a tent camp in south Lebanon's no man's land yesterday.

The deportees, who spent a fifth night stranded on a road between Lebanese and Israeli forces, retreated to their camp before dawn after three fell sick and a fourth was wounded by fire from Israeli-backed militiamen. The Palestinians said they had a narrow escape when a mortar bomb landed in a group of them on the road in the night but failed to explode.

They tried in vain on Monday to march back into Israeli-held territory but were met by warning shots, mortar bombs and tank-fire from the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army. Two of the deportees were wounded.