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Lebanese Army asserts authority in east Beirut

The Lebanese Army sent troops and armor into mainly Christian east Beirut in a new move to establish a presence in the right-wing Christian militias' base of operation.

Units from the three-nation Lebanon peace force, including the US Marines, were due to begin patrols later in the day Wednesday to reinforce the Army's position. A spokesman for the Christian forces said the militias welcomed the Army's move.

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The Army will reportedly be allowed to confiscate any weapons found, except for those carried by guards at the numerous party offices, barracks, and military-police posts in the area. Raiding homes or party offices was forbidden.

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