In Lebanon, there have been recurring clashes between the Syrian peace keeping force and right-wing Lebanon militia.
In Lebanon, there have been recurring clashes between the Syrian peace keeping force and right-wing Lebanon militia. One of the latest clashes came on Tuesday (5 September) in the suburb in the south eastern part of the city where the Christian and Moslem sectors meet. The fighting began soon after President Elias Sarkis arrived back from Rome after attending the inauguration of Pope John Paul.
SYNOPSIS: At the airport, there was tight security as the President's plane returned. During his visit to Rome, president Sarkis had a private audience of the Pope and also met the United States Vice President Mr. Walter Mondale.
There was fighting in the capital before the President arrived. The right-wing Falangist radio reported that a boy was killed and five other people were injured when shells fell near the Presidential palace at Baabda, in the hills above the Christian sector in East Beirut. The radio did not say who was responsible for the attack which lasted for only a few minutes. The palace was not hit.
Soon after President Sarkis returned to his palace, Lebanon submitted a note to the United Nations Security Council calling for the role of the U.N. peace keeping force in Southern Lebanon to be expanded to ensure the country's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. The note said the United Nations force had so far been unable to carry through its mission to establish total Lebanese sovereignty in the border region.