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Reports differ on fighting in the hills east of Beirut

Fighting erupted in the hills east of Beirut Tuesday.

Accounts of who was involved differed. Troops of President-elect Bashir Gemayel's right-wing Christian militia were fighting local leftist forces said to be bombing the west Beirut homes of deputies who helped elect Mr. Gemayel, security sources said. State-run Beirut Radio said Syrian and Israeli gunners were exchanging heavy artillery fire in the area. Israeli sources denied the Beirut Radio report. Israel Radio gave a third version, saying Christian militiamen were fighting Syrians.

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There was also increasing tension farther east in the Bekaa Valley, where Israel accused Palestinian guerrillas of attacking its forces from behind Syrian lines.

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