Fighting Flares Up in East Lebanon

A bazooka shell was fired at an Israeli army patrol near the international airport south of Beirut this morning. There were no casualties but one of the attackers was killed by return fire, a military spokesman reported. The attacker’s identity was not immediately established.

Fierce artillery and rocket exchanges continued today between Christian Phalangists and Druze villagers near the town of Aley in eastern Lebanon. The fighting spread to nearby towns and to the mountainous Shouf area controlled by Israeli forces. A curfew was imposed on Aley.

According to foreign press reports, Israeli troops and armor moved into the area to interpose themselves between the warring factions. Some 50 Lebanese have been killed in battles between Druze and Christians during the past five weeks.

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