A well-informed Lebanese newspaper said on Wednesday (4 July) that senior United States and Palestinian officials have been holding secret talks on the Middle East conflict.
A well-informed Lebanese newspaper said on Wednesday (4 July) that senior United States and Palestinian officials have been holding secret talks on the Middle East conflict. An-Nahar, an independent daily, said the discussions had been taking place "at the highest level" in the United States and that they aimed at preparing a U.S. working paper which would take account of Palestinian rights. Meanwhile clashes between rival Palestine guerrilla groups and shelling by Israeli gunners continue. On Tuesday (3 July), a young Palestinian was buried after dying from wounds received in an Israeli raid at the end of April.
SYNOPSIS: With constant rounds of talks aimed at ending the conflicts in Lebanon in the forefront, the effect of the prolonged war on ordinary people is sometimes forgotten. The burial of young men in Lebanon has become a fairly commonplace thing -- except for the relatives concerned in each case.
Eighteen-year-old Subhi Annan died on Monday (2 July). He was wounded in an Israeli air raid in Southern Lebanon on the 25th of April. Like his brother Qassem -- killed earlier in a clash with Israeli forces during a commando operation -- Subhi was a member of the Democratic Front of the Liberation of Palestine (AFLP).
The beginning of July has been marked by clashes between rival Palestine guerrilla groups in Southern Lebanon. united Nations officers have reported that tension is high between the factions. At the time of Subhi's death there had been continual fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian guerrillas. But Israeli shelling of the last few days has almost ended. Instead the Palestinians are fighting each other.
On Thursday (5 July), Christian militiamen reported they had demolished two Palestinian guerrilla positions inside the area occupied by the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL). A spokesman for the group said UNIFIL had refused to take measures against what they called the "illegal stationing of Palestinian terrorists". But for the mourners at Subhi's funeral, the loss of a Palestinian fighter, considered by some to be a terrorist, was also the loss of a brother and a son.