Middle East: A Step Toward Freedom

Gemayel takes charge amid hopes that foreign forces will leave

To the war-weary residents of West Beirut, the operation had all the marks of another invasion. Just before dawn Tuesday morning, armored cars and personnel carriers rumbled toward dozens of intersections in the downtown area. They sealed off three neighborhoods, including the heart of the commercial and banking area, barring all persons except doctors, journalists and food-store operators. Soldiers went from house to house, checking identity papers and searching for weapons and ammunition. By week's end the army said it had arrested an...

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