Fighting eased in Beirut on Monday (29 September) after a week of bitter violence between left and right-wing factions.
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Background: Fighting eased in Beirut on Monday (29 September) after a week of bitter violence between left and right-wing factions.
The latest round of violence brought the number of casualties in the past month to at least 305 dead and 700 wounded.
But Interior Minister Camille Chamoun now claims the security situation has improved.
During the lull in fighting, shops and banks remained shut and buses did not run. But the streets were clogged with traffic and sightseers strolled around the city centre to see the destruction in SOUK, or market, caused by the fighting.
Troops and security forces patrolled the streets of the capital ready to deal with sniper.
Prime Minister Rashid Karami announced that the country's leading politicians had agreed on steps to remove street barricades, silence sniper and stop secret radio stations.
The leaders met as the 20 member National Dialogue Committee, formed to discuss the political roots of the violence which, according to police estimates has cost Lebanon at least 1300 lives and about 300 people wounded this year.
The trouble arose from a call by left wing Moslems for reform of the country's political system, based on a division of high offices between religious groups.
The system was started in 1943, based on census statistic gathered 11 years before.
The Moslems say they are now the majority and want the system changed.