Workers in the Lebanese capital of Beirut have taken advantage of the current cease-fire between right-wing Christian and left-wing Moslem forces to start cleaning up their city.
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Background: Workers in the Lebanese capital of Beirut have taken advantage of the current cease-fire between right-wing Christian and left-wing Moslem forces to start cleaning up their city.
The continuous fighting for many months has prevented the normal collection of garbage and litter in Beirut. As a result, many streets have become covered in rubbish. However, the lull in fighting has allowed workers to move into the streets to clear the worst of the litter. Building workers have also been able to return to work on construction sites and to start work on repairing the many building damaged during the fierce fighting.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Nasserite group in Lebanon, Mr. Ibrahim Koleilat has spoken of his group's position in the Lebanese crisis. Mr. Koleilat appealed to Christians to work together with Moslems to build together a democratic Lebanon without religious discrimination.
Also in Beirut was a special French envoy, Mr. Georges Gorse, who arrived on Thursday (9 April) on a peace-seeking mission to Lebanon. Mr. Gorse conferred for two hours with President Suleiman Franjieh and the right-wing Phalangist Party leader, Mr. Pierre Gemayel. Mr. Gorse said he would spend at least a few days in Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: The current cease-fire between right-wing Christian and left-wing Moslem forces in Beirut has enabled the population of the Lebanese capital to start on the huge task of cleaning up their city.
Months of fighting have prevented the normal collection of garbage, and the city's streets had become littered with refuse.
But the current lull has allowed workers to start on clearing the piles of rubbish covering the city. It's a task that could take some time.
Work has started on the job of repairing damage caused to Beirut's buildings during fierce gunfights between left and right-wing forces.
Meanwhile the leader of Lebanon's pro-Nasserite group, Mr. Ibrahim Koleilat has appealed to Christians to work together with Moslems to build a democratic Lebanon without religious discrimination.
At Beirut Airport on Thursday, a special French envoy, Mr. Georges Gorse, arrived on a peace-seeking mission. He later had talks with Lebanon's President Suleiman Franjieh and right-wing Phalangist leader Mr. Pierre Gemayel.