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    Rival Lebanese radio stations reported fresh fighting around the northern port of Tripoli on Monday (30 August).

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    Rival Lebanese radio stations reported fresh fighting around the northern port of Tripoli on Monday (30 August).

    SYNOPSIS: Right-wing Falangist troops took up positions overlooking Tripoli, a leftist stronghold. There were also reports on Amshit Radio, which supports the right, that the Falangists were being aided by Syrian troops, Tripoli is Lebanon's second biggest city and has previously escaped much of the random shelling that caused much damaged and killed thousands of people in the capital, Beirut. The fighting around Tripoli involved mortars, tanks and heavy artillery.

    The Falangists flew their flags over conquered areas. But they also had plenty of time to relax and play cards whenever there was a lull in the fighting. There were reports that beirut was fairly quiet too as both sides kept to an agreement to stop the shelling of residential parts of the city. Several hundred civilians were killed in the capital at the beginning of August during the sporadic fighting.

    Falangist forces patrolling the streets of Shekka, near Tripoli. Palestinian forces recently attacked the town, and 140 people were killed. Now all traffic is stopped at Falangist checkpoints, and searched. If the right-wing forces do overrun Tripoli, it will be a serious blow to the leftists. Reuters news agency quoting Lebanese sources, report that the rightists, with Syrian support, now control 60 percent of the country. But Tripoli is not likely to be surrendered by the leftists without a fierce and probably protracted battle.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2NNMAVT8CAGMUKG7W96M4XWP4
    Media URN:
    VLVA2NNMAVT8CAGMUKG7W96M4XWP4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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