Lebanese President Elias Sarkis has announced that states participating in or financing the Arab Deterrent Force in Lebanon will meet on Sunday (15 October) to discuss the crisis in the war-torn country.
Lebanese President Elias Sarkis has announced that states participating in or financing the Arab Deterrent Force in Lebanon will meet on Sunday (15 October) to discuss the crisis in the war-torn country. According to Beirut Radio, Mr Sarkis made the statement before leaving Saudi Arabia on his way to the United Arab Emirates. He is on an Arab tour, following talks in Damascus, Syria, to discuss the situation in Lebanon, where hundreds of people were killed in a week of fighting between the largely - Syrian Deterrent Force and rightist Christian militias.
SYNOPSIS: The savage battles ended with a truce on Saturday (7 October). The rightists are demanding total withdrawal by the Syrians from Lebanon. But despite the tensions, the people of east beirut have been emerging from their underground shelters and trying to pick up the threads of their daily lives.
Essential services have been disrupted and most people are having to cope with the chores of survival in whatever way they can improvise. Food is short and queues form outside shops whenever supplies are available. Reuters news agency report that many civilians are taking advantage of the fragile ceasefire to flee their homes.
On Tuesday (10 October) the International Red Cross said the casualty toll was not as high as first reports had suggested. Officials say about four hundred people were killed and about one thousand injured -- but that the figures would have been much higher if the people had not drawn on their experience of the 1975-76 civil war and taken refuge in their basement shelters.