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July 07, 1986

Hundreds of elite Syrian troops maintained tranquility in Muslim West Beirut as they continued to enforce a ban on militia street fighting. Security sources reported the Lebanese capital to be unusually quiet since the operation began a week ago, adding that a Syrian-backed truce announced June 14 appeared to be holding at three embattled Palestinian refugee camps on the edge of the city. A number of Lebanese politicians and top militia officials have welcomed the Syrian deployment.

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