Fighting in Beirut -- Lebanon's capital -- between left and right-wing groups continues. Ten people?
Fighting in Beirut -- Lebanon's capital -- between left and right-wing groups continues. Ten people were reported to have been killed on Friday (27 June), bringing the total killed in this latest round of violence to at least 45, according to security forces.
Firing broke out again on Saturday (28 June) in the centre of the city as fighting continued for the fifth day running and the country's political crisis worsened.
Several blasts rocked the capital during the night. In the morning extensive damage to shops was clearly visible.
One of Lebanon's Moslem leaders -- Immam Moussa Sadar -- began a hunger strike a Friday night in Beirut's main Sni'a mosque. He vowed to continue his demonstration until a Government was formed.
The crisis in Lebanon goes back ten weeks and started with an incident involving Palestinians and right-wing Falangists during which several people were killed. This issue seemed to be fairly well defined on the question of Lebanese sovereignty and the Palestinian armed forces.
This incident caused the collapse of the Government. Attempts to create another one provided a brief interlude of three days in which military men tried to form a Cabinet, and then gave up. Rashid Karami -- a veteran politician and seven-times Prime Minister -- was then appointed to form a new Government. For four weeks his efforts have failed. Meanwhile, the military men stay on in temporary command.