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    SYNOPSIS: Inside the camp: Palestinians. At least several hundred fighters and a handful of civilians.


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    SYNOPSIS: Inside the camp: Palestinians. At least several hundred fighters and a handful of civilians.

    Surrounding the camp: Thousands of well-armed rightwing troops.

    The rightists have beseiged Tel al Zaatar for over three weeks. The Palestinians have lost a lot of ground, and now they're defending just a few acres of tin roofed huts.

    Every day the pour heavy artillery and machingegun fire on the camp from four sides. The rightwingers have moved tanks into positions overlooking the Palestinian stronghold.

    The rightists have tried storming the camp, but their troops have not been able to penetrate the inner lines.

    The Palestinians in the camp have hold out for so long because they were well prepared. Over the years they built a small fortress underground and stooked it with food, arms, and ammunition. Enough to last a year. The Palestinians say It was a defense against possible Israeli air attack. Now the camp's defenders are living in those underground shelters and fighting not Israelis, but Lebanese.

    The rightists see the Palestinians as guests ??? who have worn out their welcome.

    "Dr. Michel" (wouldn't give full name) Rightist Officer
    "We gave them this part of land to stay here because they had no house. And then they fortified it, and then turned it against us. That's why we are attacking them."
    The Palestinians see it differently. They say the rightists are part of a plot to wipe them out. And that they're only defending themselves. Almost every day the rightwing radio station claims that Tel al Zaatar is finished militarily.

    But no white flags have appeared in the camp. yet. the Palestinians are still shooting, and the rightists are outside, shooting back. These men say they won't have to overrun the camp. Their plan now is to keep the pressure on with their big guns and wait for the Palestinians in the camp to give up. bon Craig...NBC News...near the Tel al Zaatar Palestinian camp in Beirut.

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