Renewed fighting between left and right-wing gunmen paralysed life in Beirut on Thursday (9 October) and 65 people were reported dead in Beirut and north Lebanon in a 24-hour period.
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Background: Renewed fighting between left and right-wing gunmen paralysed life in Beirut on Thursday (9 October) and 65 people were reported dead in Beirut and north Lebanon in a 24-hour period.
It is estimated that more than 1,400 people have lost their lives in the six months of fighting between left-wing Moslems and right-wing Christian guerrillas. On Thursday the gunmen were in action again -- despite a ceasefire announced the previous day -- the sixth to be pledged during the latest three-week round of violence.
Many shops in Beirut were dynamited overnight, despite a dawn to dusk curfew. Piles of splintered glass and twisted metal littered the streets.
Thick smoke was still handing over the downtown commercial district during the day on Thursday -- the aftermath of big fires which had been raging during the night.
Snipers were still active in man parts of the capital during the day and most people stayed indoors.
The Lebanese Prime Minister, Mr. Rashid Karami, travelled to Damascus on Thursday for talks with Syrian leaders -- including President Hafez AL-Assad -- and told newsmen before returning to Beirut that the situation should be dealt with firmly in order to avoid further tragedy.