Beirut's shaky truce is still officially recognised, but factional violence continued to rock the strife-torn Lebanese capital on Sunday (21 September) ..
Beirut's shaky truce is still officially recognised, but factional violence continued to rock the strife-torn Lebanese capital on Sunday (21 September) .. less than 24 hours after the ceasefire had been announced.
The streets of Beirut are piled with rubble, refuse and human bodies.
Black smoke hangs over the city, a constant reminder of the explosions and rocketing that have levelled business sectors in the south-east.
Some fifty fire engines have been continually battling blazes in Beirut's commercial centre since Thursday. Several hundred buildings fell under fire bombings and mortar attacks during savage street fighting between right-wing Christians and left-wing Moslems.
The effects of the war are clearly visible in the normally thriving business district. Gutted shops, their frontages blasted into the streets, modern offices reduced to blackened shells and ravaged areas of the central market place.
More than 90 percent of the population has been confined to their shuttered houses for the past week, and deprived of their livelihoods. Food and water supplies are short.
The ceasefire will now be policed by joint patrols of Lebanese security forces and Palestinian forces.
The Moslems distrust the Lebanese army, claiming they are Christian supporters.
However, the combined security force faces a stiff task. Already they are hunting snipers through the streets of Beirut, but at the same time gunmen are setting up roadblocks around the city and kidnapping people according to their identity cards. All Lebanese identity cards state the bearer's religion.
Gunmen are also reported to be conducting roadside executions when they take prisoners.