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Rival Lebanese Muslim factions battled in the Syrian-occupied Bekaa Valley, leaving at least nine people dead and 10 wounded, police said. The fighting pitted pro-Iranian radicals of Hezbollah (Party of God) and Syrian-backed militiamen. The two sides have been vying for control of the town of Mashgara since Israel withdrew its troops from the area a year ago. Meanwhile, in West Beirut, Shia Amal militia and Palestinian guerrillas again traded rocket and mortar fire around three Palestinian refugee camps, killing two and wounding 16.

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