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March 2, 1990 | From Reuters
Rival Christians fought from house to house for control of East Beirut on Thursday, killing 70 people in close-quarter fighting waged with tanks, artillery, rockets and mortars. Security sources said the dead included 30 civilians. About 150 people were wounded. The fighting set the main Dora commercial district ablaze, and Voice of Lebanon radio pleaded for firefighters to tackle a huge fire raging there, threatening Lebanon's main fuel depot. Security sources said that troops of Maj. Gen.
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February 3, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attacking behind a creeping wall of heavy artillery fire, soldiers loyal to Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun pushed Friday toward the headquarters of the defiant Lebanese Forces militia in East Beirut, Christians against Christians in a bloody conflict unchecked by appeals for truce. "Have mercy on people," pleaded Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir, primate of Lebanon's Maronite Christians, in a message to the renegade general and militia commander Samir Geagea. "Their lives and their property are not yours.
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February 1, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Political antipathy between Lebanon's main Christian forces broke into open warfare Wednesday as Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun pressed his demand for total allegiance. Police said at least 35 people were killed, including seven civilians, and 85 wounded. Troops of Aoun's Lebanese Army brigades, backed by tanks, recoilless rifles and mortars, surrounded barracks of the rival Lebanese Forces militia in the suburbs of East Beirut and seized a building holding a militia research organization.
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December 25, 1989 | From United Press International
Syrian and Iranian efforts failed Sunday to curb a new wave of violence that erupted between two rival Muslim Shiite Lebanese groups, killing at least 25 people and wounding 100 others, security sources said. Sources said fierce battles between the Syrian-backed Amal militia and the Iranian-supported Hezbollah, or Party of God, broke out anew Sunday morning in the south after a short lull that followed a cease-fire announced by Hezbollah late Saturday.
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August 10, 1989 | JACK NELSON, Times Washington Bureau Chief
The Bush Administration, despite its stated policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists, signaled Wednesday that it is prepared to deal--even with terrorists--if that will help secure the return of eight American hostages held in Lebanon.
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August 3, 1989 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
In a dramatic test of new Soviet-American contacts aimed at combatting terrorism, the United States has asked the Kremlin for its help in determining the status of American and other Western hostages held by militant Muslims in Lebanon, informed sources said here Wednesday. The request, which follows the reported killing of an American hostage Monday and a threat to kill another one today, was made at a hastily called meeting Wednesday between Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A.
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August 3, 1989 | JACK NELSON and ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writers
Administration officials said Wednesday that they believe last-minute pressure from Iran and Syria has persuaded Islamic terrorists to lift the death sentence against American hostage Joseph J. Cicippio. Expressing hope for the first time that the present round in the Lebanese hostage crisis might be easing, officials said that Syria had "promised" to take action to prevent any immediate executions. In addition, the U.S.
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August 3, 1989 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Defiant of possible U.S. military action in Lebanon's hostage crisis, radical Muslim clergymen warned Wednesday that any American strike would be answered with unrestrained retaliation. Sheik Abbas Musawi, an extremist leader of the fundamentalist, pro-Iranian Hezbollah organization, declared that "America should think a million times before carrying out any foolish action." Musawi told a Western news agency in Beirut, "There would be no limits whatsoever to our reprisal."
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August 3, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Israel took into account the risk that an American hostage might be killed in response to its seizure of a Shiite Muslim leader, but it went ahead with the mission in order to maintain a free hand to retrieve captive soldiers in Lebanon, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Wednesday. Rabin's comments were the most detailed defense to date of Israel's controversial decision to seize a member of the Hezbollah (Party of God) organization and exchange him for captives held in Lebanon.
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August 2, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER and ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writers
The Bush Administration worked delicately Tuesday to encourage third-party negotiations seeking the release of U.S. hostages in Lebanon, while trying to reduce pressure at home for a quick response to the apparent murder of Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins.
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