Intermittent artillery exchanges broke on August 2 between Israeli forces and Palestinian guerrillas after a twelve-hour-long ceasefire had ended the heaviest Israeli attacks on West Beirut.
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Background: Intermittent artillery exchanges broke on August 2 between Israeli forces and Palestinian guerrillas after a twelve-hour-long ceasefire had ended the heaviest Israeli attacks on West Beirut. Announcing the capture of Beirut's International Airport on August 1, Defence Minister Ariel Sharon said Israeli forces were tightening their grip on the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) entrenched in West Beirut. With water and food in short supply, fires raged in shelled buildings, while homeless civilians queued at distribution points for food and water. On August 2, Israeli Economics Minister Yaacov Meridor said Israel is opposed to the resettlement of Palestinian refugees in camps near the Israeli-Lebanese border. Mr. Meridor, who is in charge of humanitarian assistance to South Lebanon, told a press conference that four to five thousand families had been made homeless because of Israel's invasion. But his figure does not include families in West Beirut. International relief agencies' estimates are much higher.