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Palestinian guerrillas besieged in a Beirut refugee camp fought tank-led Shia Muslim militiamen for the seventh straight day, with the total killed exceeding 40. The fighting at the Borj el Brajne camp is part of the Syrian-backed Shias’ drive to prevent the Palestinians from re-establishing a power base in Lebanon. In Damascus, meanwhile, Elie Hobeika, leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces coalition, held talks with Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam on ways to quell Lebanon’s violence.


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