INTRODUCTION: Factional violence flared again in Beirut on Thursday (2 April), with a three-hour barrage of shooting an shelling between Syrian peacekeeping troops and rightist militiamen.
SCU Christian Militia leader major Sa'ad Haddad speaking
SCU Haddad speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 1 & 3: HADDAD: "Because Russia are also looking for the Middle East, and looking for their goal of the Middle east, their goal of the Middle East is Lebanon. And the Russians they are already inside Lebanon, within the Syrian army. You tell me why the Syrians don't attack? The Syrians, because that's other problem, one day they try, they first advance when they entered Lebanon, Israel gave them warning not to cross such line they called that the red line, where they are now. Because they are not, I don't know, so they are not ready to make the war at that time , they accepted to stay there. We don't like to fight against U.N. soldiers, we don't consider they as our enemy, they are not our enemy, they should know that. Our enemy is the PLO and the Syrians together, who are occupying our country. But if they will force us to fight, we have to fight, we are not going to give up."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Factional violence flared again in Beirut on Thursday (2 April), with a three-hour barrage of shooting an shelling between Syrian peacekeeping troops and rightist militiamen. State-run Beirut Radio said the situation recalled the 1975-76 Civil War, which split the Lebanese capital into a Christian east and predominantly Moslem west sector. In the east Lebanese town of Zahle, fighting was reported also between Christian militia and Syrian troops. Zahle is predominantly a Christian town, virtually surrounded by the Syrian army. The town is also an outpost of the strip of southern Lebanon which the leader of the Christian Militia Forces, Major Sa'ad Haddad claims as Free Lebanon. In an interview on Wednesday (1 April), Major Haddad said his enemies were the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Syrians, and, he said, the Syrians were supported by the Soviet Union.