Sporadic outbreaks of fighting have continued in and around the Lebanese capital, Beirut, as political discussions continue in efforts to find a solution to the 13-month-old civil war.
GV Graffitti on walls PUT OUT TO SV Mtein town square.
SV building with soldier running in front
MCU soldiers running across street
LOW ANGLE PAN of control post
MV commander and men walking up stairs of control post
CU soldiers looking through binoculars
LV of buildings held by opposing side
SV and MV damaged buildings (2 shots)
SV armed men patrolling street
SV damaged building and lorry
SV ZOOM to deserted road
CU patrol going out
SV damaged building
MV armed men running over rugged terrain
MV men patrolling wooded area
MV mule in woods
SV armed men running along
SV of wooded hill, area.
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Background: Sporadic outbreaks of fighting have continued in and around the Lebanese capital, Beirut, as political discussions continue in efforts to find a solution to the 13-month-old civil war.
In the town of Mtein, to the east of Beirut, Moslem and Christian forces are divided by a strip of land 200 metres wide (about 220 yards). The blind shelling has stopped, but both sides continue to snipe at each other.
the Moslem forces in the Mtein area are composed of various left-wing groups and are commanded by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). The group have a reputation for their strict discipline and have been in the forefront of much of the fighting.
The town was formerly held by right-wing mainly Christian forces but it is now a Moslem stronghold. As the fighting continues, the areas held by each side are constantly changing.
The most recent proposal for a solution came from the French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Speaking in the United States on 21 May, President Giscard proposed the use of French troops as a peace-keeping force. He said that France was ready to send several regiments but would only do so if the Lebanese President-elect, Elias Sarkis, called for them.
However, Lebanon's left-wing parties "categorically rejected" the proposal saying that it would only complicate matters and would lead to a further deterioration of security. They reiterated their opposition to the presence of any Arab or foreign troops in the country and called on Syria to withdraw its forces.
The civil war started in April last year and ceasefires between the opposing groups have been repeatedly broken. An estimated 20,000 people have been killed, since the war started.