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A shaky truce in Beirut between Druze and Shia Muslim militiamen was reinforced by a warning by militia leaders that gunmen on the streets without authority would be shot. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt and Nabih Berri, chief of the Shia Amal militia, issued the ultimatum in a joint appearance on state television after gun battles shook West Beirut for a fifth day. A strike force manned by their two private armies has “strict orders to shoot any militiaman or anyone else attacking public and private property,” Jumblatt said.


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