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June 17, 1985

Fighting between rival militias raged on two fronts in Beirut. The 28th day of a bloody siege at two Palestinian refugee camps on the southern outskirts of the Lebanese capital coincided with a two-hour clash between Christian and Muslim forces in the heart of the city, the Christian Voice of Lebanon radio reported. Shia Muslim forces pounded the refugee camps with mortar and tank fire, but the Palestinians continued to hold out with the help of rocket fire from Palestinians entrenched in mountains overlooking Beirut.

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