Palestinian organisations in West Beirut called a strike and marched in protest against car bomb attacks on two West Bank mayors.
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Background: Palestinian organisations in West Beirut called a strike and marched in protest against car bomb attacks on two West Bank mayors. The strike in the Lebanese capital came as a three-day strike by Arab shop-keepers on the West Bank was called off.
SYNOPSIS: In the streets of West Beirut, striking shop-keepers and palestinian sympathisers gathered to read newspapers carrying reports of the West Bank bombings. All eight Palestinian organisations in Lebanon have condemned the attacks, which they described as the beginning of a new confrontation between Israel and the Arabs. Several Palestinian groups have also vowed to take revenge for the attacks, saying that retaliation must be of the same magnitude as the attacks on the mayors.
The march through West Beirut was led by Palestinian speakers who condemned the West Bank incidents. They called for the removal of Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin and also Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and a rebuttal of the Camp David agreements. The demonstrations came as figures were released showing that about 150 people had died in acts of violence in Lebanon during the month of May. They included about 35 killed in Beirut and southern Lebanon in clashes between rival groups. However, the incidents on the West Bank -- blamed on extreme right wing Israeli groups -- have unified all Palestinian groups in their call for retaliation.