Although a tentative agreement between the Lebanese Government and the Palestinian guerrillas was signed on Monday (May 7) fighting broke out again during the night and was continuing on Tuesday (8 May).
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GV Hillside with refugee huts
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SV PAN OVER Wreckage on bed
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SV Wreckage outside house and CU Part of shell (2 shots)
SV Another wrecked house
SV Bullet scars on wall
SV PAN Damaged roof and wreckage strewn inside house (2 shots)
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Background: Although a tentative agreement between the Lebanese Government and the Palestinian guerrillas was signed on Monday (May 7) fighting broke out again during the night and was continuing on Tuesday (8 May).
The Government declared a state of emergency and control of all internal security was placed in the hands of the army. As fighting contained the Prime Minister Dr. Al Hafez, appointed only three weeks ago, resigned.
The bulk of the fighting has centred around the Palestinian refugee camps on the outskirts of Beirut. Control of the camps has been the central issue of the recent confrontation.
The Lebanese Government has maintained that the champs are used by the guerrillas as bases from which to stage attacks on the Lebanese armed forces. For the Palestinians it has been a matter of national pride that they should control their own settlements.
The majority of refugees were displaced as a result of the fighting that broke out in 1948 when the State of Israel was proclaimed. Their numbers were increased as a result of the 1967 war and the subsequent occupation of Arab territory by the Israelis.
There are estimated to be approximately 185,000 Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon, of whom 90,000 live in the 15 camps scattered throughout the country. The camps have been under guerrilla control since 1969, after a previous confrontation between the guerrillas and the Lebanese Government.