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    Despite light shelling on Christmas day (25 December) Beirut is returning to normal following the end of serious clashes between Syrian members of the Arab League peacekeeping force and right-wing Lebanese militia.

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    Despite light shelling on Christmas day (25 December) Beirut is returning to normal following the end of serious clashes between Syrian members of the Arab League peacekeeping force and right-wing Lebanese militia. The port of Beirut, vital to Lebanon's ailing economy, has resumed operations after being idle for over five months.

    SYNOPSIS: Fighting during October had little effect on flights to and from Beirut. But the port area, which separates the Christian and Moslem districts of the city, has been closed since violent clashes in July.

    Dock workers returned to work amid strict security. Their resumption followed negotiations by the Lebanese Interior Minister Salah Salman with militia leaders and local security chiefs. Earlier attempts to re-open the port failed when the dock area, was shelled.

    The first ship to unload was carrying much needed grain. Before it was badly damaged during the civil war two years ago. Beirut, with its large artificial harbours, handled four million tonnes of freight a year. Many of the ware-houses are in ruins, and a government plan to rebuild the dock area has been dropped, following recent fighting. Lebanon's Prime Minister, Selim Al-Hoss says he hopes trade at the port will gradually return to normal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8DRINEVGV76XGJ8GJG2CIM5BS
    Media URN:
    VLVA8DRINEVGV76XGJ8GJG2CIM5BS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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