BEIRUT — Snipers dueled from skyscrapers and rival militias traded hit-and-run grenade forays across Beirut's Green Line today. The shaky national unity Cabinet failed to convene to curb the escalating fighting.
Police said six people were killed in dusk-to-dawn hostilities across the line, which slices Beirut into Muslim and Christian sectors. The sporadic barrages of mortar and tank fire, backing grenade-throwing assaults, wounded 41 people, according to reports from police and a patient at a hospital that was shelled.
The new casualty figures raised the death toll to 14 killed and 81 injured since the latest Beirut fighting began last Sunday.
The Christian Voice of Lebanon radio said shells fired by Druze gunners landed near President Amin Gemayel's palace in suburban Baabda, and near the Defense Ministry, headquarters of the 37,000-man army.