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WORLD : 12 Killed in Beirut Shelling Duel

April 12, 1989| From Times wire service s

BEIRUT — Muslim and Christian forces turned their howitzers on residential areas of Beirut today, killing 12 people in a withering attack that began on the eve of the civil war's 14th anniversary.

The leader of the Christian army said the fighting had reduced Lebanon to "a cadaver in a coffin" and urged the superpowers to help end the fighting.

The shelling duel was the fiercest since the Arab League called a cease-fire in Lebanon a week ago. The sudden barrage, which shattered an overnight lull, took civilians by surprise and forced them to rush back to bunkers and underground bomb shelters.

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