Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

Police say Tripoli cease-fire near

Lebanon's police chief appeared to be making progress toward arranging a cease-fire between warring pro-Syrian and anti-Syrian factions in Tripoli Sunday as one person was killed in sporadic fighting.

State-run Beirut Radio quoted the police commander, Hisham Shaar, as saying the rival Muslim groups had promised to pull their gunmen out of the battle zones Sunday evening. If this happened, Lebanese police would enter the areas and take responsibility for security there. About 175 persons have died since the fighting erupted a month ago.

About these ads

Meanwhile, Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat met Jordanian leaders in Amman Sunday for talks expected to focus on the outcome of King Hussein's discussions with United States President Ronald Reagan last month on the Middle East situation. The talks will also take up the question of future links between Jordan and a potential Palestinian entity on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which Israel has occupied since 1967.

In Tel Aviv, police and security forces were on high alert Sunday after 33 Israelis were wounded in the previous 48 hours in attacks by suspected Palestinian guerrillas in Israeli-occupied southern Lebanon and in Tel Aviv itself. In what a spokesman said was the first serious terrorist incident in the city since 1975, two hand grenades were hurled at a civilian bus in south Tel Aviv Saturday evening, wounding 12 persons. The Tel Aviv attack followed the Friday afternoon ambush of a military bus south of Beirut, in which 21 Israeli soldiers were wounded.

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.