LEBANON: Bloody Round 4 in Beirut

A wave of mounting despair swept across Lebanon through most of last week, as the conflict between left-wing Moslem and right-wing Christian factions exploded into yet another round of fighting. The strife that had intermittently rocked the country since April was spreading. The street battles were fiercer than ever, and the government seemed unable to halt them. Reflecting the grim mood was Radio Lebanon Announcer Sharif Akhawi, who said on the air: "Armed men are everywhere. All roads are closed. Blood maniacs are at large. We are losing Lebanon."

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