Government forces fought yesterday for control of the capital after leftist rebels dug trenches in parts of San Salvador and attacked military posts in the provinces. At least 139 people were killed and 317 wounded in the fighting that began Saturday night, according to reports from hospitals and the military.

In the capital, the fighting was the heaviest of the 10-year-old civil war.

Rightist President Alfredo Cristiani, whose official residence was attacked in the early hours of the offensive, declared a state of siege that rescinded basic rights and ordered a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nationwide curfew.

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