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The World

November 12, 1987

The U.S.-backed military in El Salvador said it attacked suspected rebel positions by ground and air to protect two hydroelectric plants that produce most of the nation's power. The crackdown on rebels, in its second day, ended a cease-fire the government unilaterally declared less than a week ago. Civilian sources said fighting has been intense for two days near the 5th of November and Cerron Grande plants, which provide almost two-thirds of the nation's electricity. Meanwhile, 150 more Salvadorans linked to leftist guerrilla groups were freed from prison as part of a Central American peace plan signed Aug. 7.

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