TEL AVIV (Dec. 6)
The mountainous Shouf area which forms the hilly backbone of Lebanon was reported quiet but tense today, following a curfew imposed by the Israel army to halt fighting between local Druze and Christians.
Eight local Lebanese were reportedly killed in these ethnic clashes during the past week. Two Israeli soldiers were injured in the incidents.
Israeli officers have been meeting with representatives of the two sides in an effort to calm tempers. But the vendetta between the two ethnic groups is difficult to halt as it has a history of several hundred years. Druze and Christian leaders in Israel met in Haifa yesterday to try to work out a plan for ending the strife in Lebanon. But no agreement was reached on how this was to be done.