Fierce fighting was reported in Beirut today (25 June), between Palestinian and right-wing forces. Shells?
GV Beirut street scene with cars passing
SV Armed vehicles on road
SCU Men dismantling gun on jeep (3 shot)
SV Armoured car on roadside
CU Jalloud (Libyan Prime Minister) speaking in Arabic
CU Abu Lutef speaking in English
LUTEF: "Now it is all convinced to withdraw, the Syrians should withdraw from, Syrian troops will withdraw from Beirut to Bekaa. And then from Bekaa to Syria. therefore we can say that there is a new development. But on the other face, with the Lebanese, the Lebanese face, we see that the national movement and the Palestinian resistance are, or having the intention, not to escalate the military operations. But the other side, they are escalating their military operations."
The decision to send an Arab peacekeeping force to Lebanon was taken at an emergency meeting of Arab League Foreign Ministers in Cairo earlier this month. The force -- composed of troops from Algeria, Libya, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria -- was part of a seven point peace package adopted by the 20-member league.
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Background: Fierce fighting was reported in Beirut today (25 June), between Palestinian and right-wing forces. Shells and rockets were falling on the city at the rate of 200 per minute, according to one left-wind newspaper.
SYNOPSIS: The reports if fighting strongly contrasted with the earlier lull in Beirut and recent progress made in resolving the conflict between Syrian forces and the alliance of leftists and Palestinians. Barricades were taken down and guns dismantled as Syrian troops completed their withdrawal from the city. It wasn't know how many would be pulling out, but some will join a joint Arab Security Force. The force forms part of a truce deal, agreed after mediation efforts by the Libyan Premier, Abdel Salam Jalloud.
Mr. Jalloud has played a major part in recent weeks in negotiations for an effective ceasefire in Lebanon. But the most recent fighting between left and right-wing forces appears to be a setback to his efforts. Abu Lutef, one of the leaders of the Palestinian Fatah group, has spoken about his hopes for the future.