In Lebanon, sporadic gunfire continued in the capital Beirut after two days of fierce fighting.?
In Lebanon, sporadic gunfire continued in the capital Beirut after two days of fierce fighting. It was the worst outbreak of violence since the Lebanese civil was ended almost two years ago. At least 250 people were killed during the intensive shelling of East Beirut by Syrian troops of the Arab Peace Keeping Force, who were attempting to drive out right-wing Christian militias.
SYNOPSIS: The Arab Peace Keeping Force entered Lebanon to enforce the ceasefire at the end of the 19-month civil war. Since then relations between the predominantly Syrian troops, and the right wing Christian militias in Beirut have deteriorated and clashes have been frequent. The latest, fragile ceasefire was shattered on Sunday (1 October). During seven hours of fighting, almost 13 thousand shells blasted Christian East Beirut. Suburbs and outlying villages, which have not been attacked before came under fire, and several shells landed in Moslem West Beirut during the height of the bombardment. Both sides accuse each other of starting the fighting, and each maintains that the other is attempting to gain control of the entire country.
Right-wing sources claim violence erupted after militiamen laid siege to Syrian troops trapped in a building. A militia spokesman said the Syrians had taken part in a raid during which a rightist leader had been killed. Damascus newspaper, presenting the Syrian attitude to the fighting, blamed the renewed conflict on the recent Camp David peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. Despite such facilities, the militiamen are determined to fight on. Camille Chamoun, leader of the right-wing National Liberal Party (NLP) described the beginning of the battle.