Beirut was reported relatively calm on Saturday (29 July) after a brief exchange of mortar, artillery and machine-gun fire between Syrian security forces and rightist gunmen during the night.
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Background: Beirut was reported relatively calm on Saturday (29 July) after a brief exchange of mortar, artillery and machine-gun fire between Syrian security forces and rightist gunmen during the night. The Syrians form the bulk of the 30,000-strong Arab League Peace Force whose removal is being demanded by the major rightist and Christian militias.
SYNOPSIS: On Thursday (27 July), Lebanese forces moved into areas of Christian Beirut which have been the scenes of heavy fighting between the Syrians and Lebanese militiamen. About 250 people have been killed in the past month. Armed police began taking up positions in the south eastern suburb of Hadath and the city's commercial district.
The Syrians are still responsible for law and order in predominantly Moslem West Beirut, which has been little affected by the recent fighting. However, in the eastern part of the city, the arrival of Lebanese police passed without incident. meanwhile, the Lebanese government has expressed concern over the U.S. and Canadian embassies; advice to their citizens to leave the country. The move was seen as an indication that the American Embassy had inside knowledge of the possibility of fresh fighting. And thousand of Lebanese have been applying for passports, hoping to leave the country for safety abroad.