Fighting between Palestinian and Lebanese leftists - and Christian Phalangists and pro-Syrian forces continued in Beirut on Thursday (10 June).
Fighting between Palestinian and Lebanese leftists - and Christian Phalangists and pro-Syrian forces continued in Beirut on Thursday (10 June). Many districts came under heavy shelling and reporters on the seen say the city is in a state of virtual siege.
SYNOPSIS: For a time after the Syrian Army intervention in the Lebanon, there was a brief lull in the fighting in Beirut. But in the past few days it has increased to a new intensity. Many districts are now under almost continuous heavy artillery fire for Beirut residents, facing danger and death, has become almost a grim routine. Syria's intervention has also made the city districts more dangerous. It is an increasingly confusing situation. The Syrian intervention has created an upheaval in the Palestinians and leftist ranks. Some pro-Syrian forces have turned on their allies, while others have defied the Syrians and jointed the Palestinians and leftists.
People try to exist among the rubble and debris. In between the shell bursts, families stock up with food then scurry again for cover. Meanwhile, the Arab League is organising the despatch of a multi-national peace-keeping force to Lebanon.
Some advance units have already arrived but there are serious doubts about how effective it can be. Syria pledged that as part of the peace-force-plan it would halt its troops. But the Palestine Liberation Organisation claims the Syrians are still forging towards Beirut. With the Syrians so close to the city, the shelling has intensified. One of their targets is Beirut Airport where pro-Syrian forces are holding out. To reach it, the Syrians must drive a wedge through mostly Moslem districts.