Fierce artillery fighting raged in the Kesrouan Mountains north east of Beirut in the Lebanon on Sunday as left and right wing forces struggled for control of the strategic zone.
GV Troops and vehicles on roadside PAN TO armed vehicles along road going to frontline.
DV Ambulance leave for frontline PAN TO gunsmoke in mountain
SV officer on radio and studying map (2 shots)
Troops with rifles on vehicle along road to frontline
CU Another armed vehicle with troops pulling out
GV troops near frontline with armoured car
SV soldier firing across to mountains and PAN ALONG snow covered mountains
LV field gun firing
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Background: Fierce artillery fighting raged in the Kesrouan Mountains north east of Beirut in the Lebanon on Sunday as left and right wing forces struggled for control of the strategic zone. In Beirut itself fierce street fighting also took place - shattering the new truce of Friday (May 14) midnight and pushing the country even deeper into the bitter civil war which has been raging since April last year.....since when an estimated 20,000 people have died.
Meanwhile the Libyan Prime Minister, Major Abdel-Salem Jalloud arrived in Beirut on Monday (May 17) for talks from Damascus in Syria where he consulted President Hafez Al-Assad. The Syrian leader has been deeply involved in attempts to end the Lebanese war.
Libya has solidly backed the Lebanese left wing throughout the war.
SYNOPSIS:They had already taken three, and were trying to get hold of the two remaining strategic positions.
The left-wing forces - a combination of Palestinian soldiers, Lebanese Army units and independent Nassarities - needed the high ridges for their heavy artillery, which would give them domination of a much wider area.
The fighting for Kesrouan took place as did fighting in Beirut itself - despite a truce which was supposed to come into effect on Friday at midnight. But from the start there seemed little chance of the truce being established - there was hardly a break in the war, although Beirut's daily average casualty toll dropped on Monday.
An estimated twenty thousand people have now died in the war, which broke out in April last year as predominantly left wing Moslems fought for control of the country against mainly right wing Christians.
Meanwhile, as the war raged, left-wing Libyan Premier Abdel Jalloud arrived in Beirut following consultations with Syrian President Hafez Al Assad -- who's been a mediator throughout.