Although Lebanon's fragile 13-day-old ceasefire was holding in most parts of the country on Tuesday (2 November) there were reports of heavy outbreaks of fighting in the capital, Beirut.
SV: soldier firing behind stone wall. (2 shots)
GV: soldiers running across field.
SV: Soldiers behind barricade and firing.
GV PAN: of soldiers firing on side of hill
GV: women soldiers firing.
SV: women firing behind barricade.
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Background: Although Lebanon's fragile 13-day-old ceasefire was holding in most parts of the country on Tuesday (2 November) there were reports of heavy outbreaks of fighting in the capital, Beirut. earlier there'd also been fighting near Tripoli, north of Beirut, as Falangist troops held off a Palestinian advance.
SYNOPSIS: The Palestinians had tried unsuccessfully to break down the Falangist frontline twice. But each time they were beaten back by missiles and troops firing from behind precarious stone walls. As the opposing sides played a cat and mouse game with each other heavy firing continued throughout the day. It's not known how many casualties resulted from the battle.
So far 45,000 people have died in the 18-months old bloody civil war. Many women soldiers are now fighting on the front line and 14 year old boys are known to have been enlisted by the Palestinians. The renewed fighting came against a background of efforts to accelerate the implementation of an Arab-backed peace plan for Lebanon which provides for the establishment of a 30,000 strong security force to ensure adherence to the truce, separate the warring sides and deter any violator.