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Beirut protesters rampage at a UN site over raids

About 100 demonstrators wielding axes and spades rampaged through a United Nations building in west Beirut Tuesday, smashing windows, wrecking cabinets, and burning files. A UN spokesman some 45 people were in the building. Sources said about 20 were slightly hurt, with 6 evacuated unconscious from the smoke-filled four-story building.

The demonstrators were said to be from south Lebanon, where a 6,000-strong UN peacekeeping force is stationed. They were protesting the UN force's failure to prevent Israeli raids there.

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The demonstrators were eventually dispersed by Syrian troops of the Arab Deterrent Force.

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