Fighting has erupted again in Beirut, the Lebanese city frequently brought to a near stand-still by conflict between several factions.
GV Deserted streets in Beirut (2 SHOTS)
GV Bomb damaged buildings in Beirut (3 SHOTS)
SV Syrian soldiers in street, directing traffic
GV Damaged buildings, with sounds of gunfire in distance
GV Street scene with Syrian soldiers patrolling
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Background: Fighting has erupted again in Beirut, the Lebanese city frequently brought to a near stand-still by conflict between several factions. The Syrian troops of the Arab Deterrent Force moved in, and were reported to ave lost two armoured personnel carriers, knocked out by militiamen.
SYNOPSIS: The latest fighting was between a group of leftist forces, and supporters of the missing Shi'ite Moslem leader \imam Musa Sadr, who believe their leader was abducted during a visit to Libya.
Snipers in buildings meant few people ventured into the streets of the city's commercial centre. Three people were reported killed, and several injured, including some Syrian soldiers who became involved whey they moved to stop the fighting.
A usually busy fly-over, under fire from snipers shooting at cars, was patrolled by Syrian soldiers who later cleared 11 armed men from two nearby buildings. But occasional gunfire was still heard.
The Syrians later moved tanks into the area.