Ansar, Lebanon

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Ansar is located in Lebanon
Location in Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°23′N 35°21′E / 33.383°N 35.350°E / 33.383; 35.350Coordinates: 33°23′N 35°21′E / 33.383°N 35.350°E / 33.383; 35.350
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Nabatieh Governorate
District Nabatieh District
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Ansar or Insar (Arabic أنصار, population 31,970) is a village in the Nabatieh Governorate region of southern Lebanon located between Nabatieh and Tyre, Lebanon, next to the village of Doueir.


During the Lebanese civil war in the 1980s it was the location of a detention camp for suspected Palestinian civilians and militiamen captured by the Israeli military in Lebanon. Prisoners were categorized and then either moved to more secure facilities or released. In August 1983, after several escape tunnels were discovered underground, the 5,000 inmates it had held at the time were moved. An Israel Army reservist who had served at Ansar was quoted in the newspaper Maariv claiming the camp was sitting on top of an underground tunnel system.[1][2]

During the 2006 Lebanon War, it was bombarded by [Israel]] during escalating conflicts and five civilians were killed[3][4]

Ansar is the hometown of the poet and journalist Said Fayad (1921 - 2003).


  1. ^ "ISRAEL CLEARS CAMP OF INMATES". The New York Times. 1983-08-28. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  2. ^ "6 Detainees Die in Accident At Israeli Camp in Lebanon". The New York Times. 1983-11-05. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  3. ^ Mouawad, Jad (2006-08-07). "As Shelling Continues, Few Residents Remain in Towns That Once Took Refugees". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  4. ^ HRW, 2007, p. 132


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