In Lebanon, the exodus of people not re-assured by the shaky ceasefire there, has been swelling.
In Lebanon, the exodus of people not re-assured by the shaky ceasefire there, has been swelling. Refugees have crowded into airline and shipping offices, while others have packed their belongings into cars and trucks, and driven away. Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Kamel al-Assad arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Tuesday (11 July) for talks with Syrian leaders.
SYNOPSIS: A film called Violent City has been an ironical comment on life in Beirut since Syrian artillery, part of the Arab peace-keeping force, began bombarding the Lebanese capital. An estimated two hundred people were killed, and five hundred wounded, in the first week of renewed conflict between Syrian troops and right-wing militias.
Local newspapers reported that most of the refugees were women and children from Christian districts which had been heavily damaged by artillery fire during last week's five-day battles before the ceasefire came into being.
Life in the markets and restaurants belied the anxiety that had developed as Lebanese President Elias Sarkis maintained his silence on his threat to resign. The weekly Cabinet meeting, scheduled for Wednesday (12 July), was cancelled.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Kamel al-Assad, arrived on Tuesday (11 July) in Damascus, where he was greeted by Syrian Prime Minister mohammad Ali Halabi.
The visitor went to the Presidential palace for talks with Syrian President hafez al-Assad on ways to prevent Lebanon from splitting into separate Christian and Muslim states. Syrians had been maintaining peace in areas the Muslim Left and Palestinians took control of in lebanon after the civil war. The Syrians want Lebanon united, and a potential force for the Arab cause.