Rival Lebanese radio stations reported fresh fighting around the northern port of Tripoli on Monday (30 August).
SV: Falangist troops walking along road and in elevated position overlooking city of Tripoli. (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEW OF: Tripoli.
SV: gunmen firing rifle.
SV: gunmen loading and firing mortar. (3 shots)
SV: Falangist flag flying on top of building.
SV: gunmen at window overlooking Tripoli.
SV: gunmen playing cards in room and relaxing. (4 shots)
SV PAN: mortars.
SV: gunmen cleaning mortar and rifle. (2 shots)
SV: vehicles being stopped at Falangist checkpoints in town of Shekka. (2 shots)
SV, GV: Arabic writing on walls and damaged buildings (5 shots)
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Background: 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.