Left-wing Moslem gunmen continued to gain further control of the Lebanon and consolidate their latest victories.
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Background: Left-wing Moslem gunmen continued to gain further control of the Lebanon and consolidate their latest victories.
The latest blow to the right-wing Christian organisations came when the Christian President of Lebanon, Mr. Suleiman Franjieh, was forced to retreat from the Presidential Palace on the outskirts of Beirut after a furious onslaught by left-wing gunmen using rockets and mortar.
Left-wing leaders say they have not yet decided whether or not to mount a massive attack on the President's refuge in Jounieh. However, they said the President had forfeited his position as leader of Lebanon by quitting his palace.
As the left-wing continues its offensive many right-wing Christians have fled to the island of Cyprus.
A small armada of pleasure craft transported many of the refugees to Cyprus while others managed to gain a seat on aircraft flying from Lebanon to Larnaca.
The majority of the refugees are women and children. Many of their fathers and husbands have declared their intention not to surrender to the left-wing forces and have vowed to fight on to the end.
Fighting continues in Beirut, the war-ton capital of Lebanon. But tit now appears that the left-wing Moslem forces are in a stronger position than their right-wing Christian opponents.
The left-wing now control most of the multi-storied buildings in Beirut. The buildings supply a high vantage point for gunmen to fire at their rivals in other quarters of the city.
The latest blow to the right-wing cause came with the forced retreat of the Christian President of Lebanon, Mr. Suleiman Franjieh, from his Presidential Palace on the outskirts of Beirut. Only the Hilton Hotel, on the Beirut sea front, is still in Christian hands.
As the left-wing forces consolidated their newly won positions throughout Lebanon, many Christian families fled from their war-torn country to the island of Cyprus.
Many of the refugees were women and children. Their husbands and fathers have declared their intention not to surrender to left wing forces.
Some of the refugees managed to obtain seats on aircraft leaving Lebanon for Cyprus. The left-wing leaders in Lebanon say they will not consider a ceasefire until the defeat of the Christians.