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Western hostages, some of them in poor health, are being held by Muslim fundamentalists at barracks in an eastern Lebanon town, a Christian radio station in Beirut reported. The Voice of Lebanon cited unnamed prisoners, apparently Palestinians or Lebanese, who recently escaped from the barracks in Baalbek, 52 miles east of Beirut, as the source of its information. Independent confirmation was not immediately available. Six Americans and at least four Frenchmen are being held hostage in Lebanon.

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