In Lebanon, rival rightist leaders have been meeting in a bid to end a bitter struggle for control of the Christian sectors of the capital, Beirut.
GV EXTERIOR Official building with Lebanese flag flying.
GV Cars moving past deserted Lebanese army checkpoint on 'Green Line' looking towards East Beirut.
GV Policeman watches as soldiers wave traffic through.
LV PAN Ambulance passes sandbagged checkpoint at speed.
LV Pedestrians and traffic moving along road.
LV Sandbagged checkpoint with soldier on duty.
GV Road running into East Beirut.
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Background: In Lebanon, rival rightist leaders have been meeting in a bid to end a bitter struggle for control of the Christian sectors of the capital, Beirut. 75 people have died and more than one hundred have been injured in some of the worst fighting in Lebanon for a year.
SYNOPSIS: The clashes which began on Monday (7 July 1980) involved tanks, rockets and artillery.
But while the rightist-dominated east side of Beirut is reported still tense, the fighting has died down. Falangist militiamen have gained control of more than 12 National Liberal Party offices and barracks. Falangist Party chiefs and NLP leaders met for peace talks on Tuesday (8 July) but they ended without success. The two factions agreed to meet again the following day.
Yesterday, Lebanon's Parliamentary National Defence and Security Committee called on the government to send the army into the trouble spots.
Last week the army intervened to help end similar NLP-Falangist clashes east of Beirut in which nine people died and 22 were wounded.
Lebanon's right-wing Christian community is split into three major para-military groups. The Falangists are the biggest and best equipped. But along with the NLP, there is also the rival Marada Brigade. The Falangists want to merge with the NLP. This would leave them in a commanding position in Christian controlled areas to the north of Beirut.