The Lebanese Army and French paratroopers moved into east Beirut on November 3 in a new effort to establish a presence in an area previously by right-wing Christian militias.
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6. GVs Lebanese APC and jeeps drive down street on patrol (3 shots) 1.37
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
The Lebanese Army and French paratroopers moved into east Beirut on November 3 in a new effort to establish a presence in an area previously by right-wing Christian militias. Armoured personnel carriers and jeep-mounted anti-tank guns were installed in strategic positions around the Ashrafiyeh district, centre of east Beirut. The independent newspaper An-Nahar reported that the move was discussed with the Christian militia leaders. It also reported that the army would be confiscating any weapons apart from those carried by guards at party offices, military barracks and police posts in the area. An-Nahar said the army would not be allowed to raid house or storm party headquarters in the eastern sector of the Lebanese capital. It was not known how many of the 4,000-strong US, French and Italian peacekeeping force would occupy the area but the French were clearly establishing a presence and the US marines were expected to set up patrols on the main roads in the area. A US spokesman said the marines' aim was to report what he called any unusual activity in the rightist heartland. They would carry unloaded rifles but have ammunition to fire if attacked.
Source: REUTERS BEIRUT