In the Lebanese capital of Beirut there has been more fighting after a brief period of calm in the city on Tuesday (4 July).
In the Lebanese capital of Beirut there has been more fighting after a brief period of calm in the city on Tuesday (4 July). As the present outbreak of fighting between Syrian troops and right-wing Lebanese militia's entered its fourth day, security sources were reported by Reuters as saying the death toll was rising by the hour.
SYNOPSIS: More than a hundred people have reportedly died in the fighting so far. Most of them are civilians trapped in furious cross fire in densely populated areas. At least two calls for a cease-fire have been ignored and the right-wing Falangist radio has said that the cease-fire has gone with he wind.
It is the third time this year that there has been a major clash between the Syrian troops of the Arab League peacekeeping force and the powerful right-wing militia's backed by Lebanon's Maronite Christian community. Less then two years ago, the militia's welcomed the Syrians as allies when they intervened to stop the year-and-a-half long civil war. But now, several rightist leaders are calling on the Syrians to get out of Lebanon. A war of words has been going on over the various factional radios as the fighting continues in the streets.
The streets of Beirut are desolate and people go about their business quickly, hoping for an end to the fighting. The Presidents of Lebanon and Syria have reportedly discussed the situation on the telephone. Beirut radio now says Lebanon's Foreign Minister is going to Damascus for urgent talks.