DOHA, Beirut Suburbs (Jun. 17)
From the house in this well-to-do residential area overlooking Beirut, in which former Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yekutiel Adam was killed by a guerrilla ambush last week, Beirut today looked quiet and peaceful.
A black pall of smoke which hung over the city was said by troops stationed just south of the Beirut International Airport runways to have been from a fire at a tire factory which has been blazing for three days.
The sound of high-flying planes and a distant thud were said by army spokesman not to be aircraft on raids, as none were reported today. And the distant dull thumps might have been an exchange of fire between terrorists and Christian Phalangists just to the north of the Beirut to Damascus highway which Israeli forces have cut.
Further back from the front, soldiers were repairing and maintaining their tanks, armored personnel carriers and other pieces of equipment and washing their underwear in the sea or rivers.