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April 07, 1986

A Syrian-sponsored cease-fire took effect around two Beirut refugee camps, ending 10 days of battles between Palestinian guerrillas and Shia Muslim militiamen that took dozens of lives. Most of the fighting occurred at the Palestinian refugee camps called Sabra and Chatilla, on Beirut's southern outskirts. The Shias have tried to stop the Palestinian Liberation Organization from rebuilding the Beirut power base it lost when Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982.

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