Fighting continues in southern Lebanon between Palestinian factions. Residents reported fierce artillery battles throughout Friday?
Fighting continues in southern Lebanon between Palestinian factions. Residents reported fierce artillery battles throughout Friday night (8 July) and intermittent clashes the following day. Nabatiyeh, a market town on Lebanon's southern border sustained extensive damage. No casualties were reported. Discussions have been held between Lebanese President, Elias Sarkis and Maronite Patriarch, Antonios Khreish, whose sect dominates Lebanon's right-wing Christians. An agreement has been reached between the two leaders, but details have yet to be released. In a recent statement the Commander of Rightist Lebanese forces, Beshir Gematel has said the Palestinian problem could be solved by ending armed Palestinian presence in the south. In an interview on Sunday (10 July) right-wing leader and former Lebanese President, Camille Chamoun, said Palestinians should comply with last year's Comprehensive peace plan endorsed by members of the Arab League.
On October 16, 1976 a cessation of hostilities in the Lebanese civil war was established at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and later Cairo via a comprehensive peace plan which called for a 30,000-man Arab peacekeeping force compared with the earlier contingent of 2,500 men and full observance of the 1969 Cairo agreement which regulated the presence of Palestinians in Lebanon.