Reports from Lebanon on Monday (20 June) said that fighting had broken out again between Palestinian and right-wing forces.
Reports from Lebanon on Monday (20 June) said that fighting had broken out again between Palestinian and right-wing forces. Travellers from south Lebanon also claimed that several villages controlled by leftists and Palestinians had come under intermittent artillery fire from nearby right-wing positions. Bashir Gemayel, son of the leader of the rightist Kata'eb party-Pierre Gemayel-said on Friday (17 June) that the party was forming a Shadow Cabinet.
SYNOPSIS: The new airport is being blasted and cut through the rock near the northern city of Tripoli. The construction was the idea of Mr Gemayel's father Pierre. The Phalangists have already invested over two million pounds sterling (about 3.4 million US dollars) in the project, according to Mr Gemayel.
He says the airport will have two main functions, In peace time, it will lure traffic from the present international airport in Beirut and thereby generate a large financial income. The other main use will be in the event of a renewed civil war. The present airport is in a leftist stronghold and the Phalangists could be assured of supplies with an airport in their own area. The new airport is due to be completed later this year.