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June 26, 1986

A Lebanese army force was deployed around three embattled Palestinian refugee camps on the outskirts of Beirut, and bulldozers removed huge sand barricades from one of them, the Chatilla camp, as a Syrian-mediated truce took hold. Fighting between Shia Muslim militiamen and the camps' Palestinian defenders have left at least 150 people dead. Despite the truce, the Shias, members of the powerful Amal militia, remained entrenched around the camps, apparently preventing Palestinian refugees from leaving.

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