A major attack by left wingers on Falangists entrenched in Beirut's Holiday Inn hotel failed on Saturday night (1 November).
A major attack by left wingers on Falangists entrenched in Beirut's Holiday Inn hotel failed on Saturday night (1 November). The Falangists poured automatic weapon, mortar and rocket fire on the attackers, forcing them to withdraw.
As the leftist Moslem and Palestinian forces made their advance downhill towards the seafront hotel, the Falangists fortified their stronghold with sandbags at the main entrance and many widows facing uphill towards the Kantari district.
The hotel, a favourite spot for businessmen and tourists, has been hit by many rockets which have broken nearly all the windows facing south and left charred holes in the side of the building.
The leftist attack on the hotel on Saturday night ruined Lebanon's twelfth ceasefire agreement in two months.
Police sources said that at least 40 people died in Saturday's fighting, bringing the known death toll for the past two months to way over the one thousand mark.
The attack on the Holiday Inn together with reports by local residents that the left winger were infiltrating the narrow streets to the east of the hotel, suggested that the leftists might be trying to encircle the Falangists in this area.
The districts to the south and west are already in leftwing hands. To the north, the area is bounded by the sea.