Three Cabinet ministers kidnapped in Lebanon

Three Lebanese Cabinet ministers were kidnapped by armed men in the Druze-dominated Shouf Mountains after a day of heavy rocket attacks that killed six people, official sources said.

The ministers had been empowered by an emergency Cabinet session to intercede with the leader of Lebanon's Druze Muslims, Sheikh Muhammad Abu-Shaqra, to end fighting between Druze militiamen and the Army, the sources said.

Earlier, Druze rockets smashed around the presidential palace, Army headquarters, and the international airport. Shells hit 500 yards from US envoy Robert McFarlane, who was visiting the US Marine compound near the airport.

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