As the Lebanese civil war continues, the fighting in and around Beirut has resulted in an additional hardship for the population.
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The main focus of the renewed fighting in Beirut is on two isolated Palestinian camps on the outskirts of the city. On Monday (28 June) right-wing forces urged defenders of the Tel Al-Zaatar camp to surrender after a week of intensive attacks, punishing to both sides. But left-wing radio stations dismissed the surrender call and reiterated that the Palestinian and leftist fighters in Tel Al-Zaatar and neighbouring Jisr Al-Basha were continuing to beat off all attacks. The director of Beirut's electricity company has said there will be no power until the fighting around Tel Al-Zaatar stops.
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Background: As the Lebanese civil war continues, the fighting in and around Beirut has resulted in an additional hardship for the population.
SYNOPSIS: Apart from the constant threat to life and limb from shelling, gunfire and explosions the people of the beleaguered city now have to contend with a serious water shortage. This has been caused by an almost total power blackout, with the new high tension lines still functioning before the fighting resumed now damaged. This has shut down water pumping stations and running water is now increasingly scarce. In most parts of Beirut people are ferrying water in cans and buckets to their houses from distribution points.
Bottled drinking water has doubled in price and the cost of a gallon (4.456 litres) of ordinary tap water is now one poind sterling (about 1.7 U.S. dollars). Cars bringing water into the city from wells and rivers in the surrounding countryside arrive at about seven o'clock in the morning. By the time they are ready to dispense their vital cargo the queues have already formed. Many people have to carry their supplies for a mile or more - and its mostly women and children who are co-opted for the job.