As another ceasefire call provides a lull in the Beirut fighting rival Moslem and Christian groups have been consolidating their positions.
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Background: As another ceasefire call provides a lull in the Beirut fighting rival Moslem and Christian groups have been consolidating their positions.
Both sides have now brought up heavy artillery.
Beirut inhabitants, who have been unable to leave the buildings they were sheltering in since the fighting began, took advantage of the slight ceasefire to attempt to run from their shelters to their homes.
The slow down in open military activity has been caused by another ceasefire called by the Lebanese government ... the tenth in nine weeks of fighting. But neither side appeared to be taking much notice of the ceasefire -- seeing it only as an excuse to bring up reinforcements.
The worst hit areas during the latest fighting have been the beach front hotel districts, which were previously sage because of the large number of tourists. Both the right wing Christians and left wing Moslems fought to the death for possession of the multi storeyed tourist hotels. From their roof rockets, mortar and machine guns can be fired on the opposition with especial accuracy.