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Druze guns mar cease-fire at town where foes talk

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Linda Feldmann / September 29, 1983


Druze Muslim gunners shelled Lebanese Army positions Wednesday in Khalde, where representatives of the nation's warring factions were meeting for the first time in the three-day-old truce, government sources said. The shelling was the worst outbreak of hostilities since a cease-fire Monday halted 22 days of all-out warfare between Syrian-backed Muslim militiamen and Lebanese Army troops around Beirut.

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Druze militiamen also warned they would shell Beirut airport if the Lebanese government went ahead with plans to reopen it today.