The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on January 9, 1989 · Page 3
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Monday, January 9, 1989
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MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 1989- -THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR- -A-3 53 die as battle between Shiite Moslems rages on By SAMAR KADI UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Beirut. Lebanon Rival militias battling to dominate Lebanon's Shiite Moslem community exchanged barrages of mortars, rockets and artillery fire south of Beirut on Sunday, killing at least 53 people and wounding 85, police and hospital officials said. The latest casualties in fighting between the pro-Syrian Amal militia and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which began Dec. 31, brought the toll to 77 killed and 146 wounded in the inter-Shiite power struggle, centered in Beirut's southern slums. Fighting with machine guns and rockets spilled over into Moslem west Beirut for a third day, but Syrian peacekeeping troops intervened. No casualties were reported there. House-to-house fighting was reported in Iklim Al Tufah. 28 miles south of Beirut, where Abou Ali Hammoud, a senior Amal militia official, was killed along with 10 relatives and bodyguards, police and militia sources said. An Amal spokesman accused Hezbollah of starting the clashes by launching an assault on the militia's positions around the vil lages of. Kfar Milki and Kfar Hetta. He said Hezbollah fighters used knives and axes in the assault. "It was a real massacre . . . they took the people by surprise," the spokesman said. "This will not go unpunished." Police and hospital sources said 53 people were killed and at least 85 were wounded in the fierce fighting in the cluster of villages. Among the wounded were a policeman and three Lebanese Red Cross rescue workers. Witnesses said black smoke billowed over Kfar Milki, Kfar Hetta and Aln Bouswar where dozens of heavily armed militiamen traded rockets, mortars and artillery fire. Security sources said the militias, fighting for dominance of Lebanon's Shiite community, stormed each other's positions with grenades and mortars. A source said Hezbollah fighters captured Amal bases In Kfar Milki and Kfar Hetta after four hours of fighting, but an Amal communique said the militia fighters recovered Kfar Hetta and launched a counterattack to recapture their lost positions in Kfar Milki. In the Amal-controlled port city of Tyre, farther south, security sources said the militia dispatched 300 fighters to back up its forces In Iklim Al Tofah. Witnesses said Amal cars toured the city as militiamen speaking through loudspeakers urged the population to donate blood to help wounded militia fighters. The feud between Lebanon's two main militant groups began in April when Amal evicted Hezbollah from most of the south In fierce battles that killed 62. The fundamentalists have since vowed to return to the area they consider a foothold from which they can fight Israel to the south. The latest round of violence, which began New Year's Eve, shattered a one-month lull In the fighting between the rival militias who were involved In bitter clashes last November. At least 44 people were killed then. Similar fighting last May' in Beirut's southern slums left at least 300 people dead and prompted Syria to send in about 4,000 peacekeeping troops. Police estimate at least 450 people have been killed In the inter-Shiite conflict in Beirut and southern Lebanon since April. Pan Am bombing aimed at thwarting peace, Arafat says I limit i 1 ill By JOHN RICE ASSOCIATED PRESS Amman, Jordan The bombing of a Pan Am jet last month was aimed at sabotaging - Middle East peace efforts, PLO chief Yasser Wn Arafat said Sunday, but he said he did not know who was to blame. "We consider that the crime of bombing the Pan American kirv. i net is one 01 r-'m "s these efforts to abort the Arafat peace efforts," Arafat told a news conference In the Jordanian capital. "I don't have Information that allows me to accuse anybody, because the thing is still under investigation," he said. The New York-bound jetliner blew up Dec. 21 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people aboard and 1 1 on the ground. Arafat noted that during a December news conference in Geneva, he had warned "there would be a lot of efforts by Mos-sad (Israel's intelligence agency) and other antagonistic organizations to carry out operations in order to abort all the peace efforts In the Middle East." During that news conference, Arafat said he recognized Israel's right to exist and renounced terrorism triggering a U.S. deci- h slon to end a 13-year ban on talks with the Palestine Liberation Organization. Hard-line Palestinian factions attacked Arafat's acceptance of Israel, and Israeli leaders denounced Washington's decision to talk with the PLO. Arafat also claimed Sunday he had "accurate information of proposals of terrorist operations" ' by Israel inside and outside the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Arafat said he knew Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir had accepted the proposals. He did not offer details but claimed Israel has drawn up "a war scenario . . . aimed at carrying out aggression against the Palestinian presence in Lebanon." Arafat denounced suggestions by Shamir and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens for elections and limited autonomy for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East War. "I am not responsible for the sick dreams of Shamir and Arens," he said. "They are talking in prehistoric terms." He noted that the proposals are based on the 1978 Camp David agreement between Israel and Egypt and added that Egypt has said the portion of the pact dealing with the Palestinians Is dead. Egypt accused Israel of reneging on the U.S. -brokered pact. Despite the U.S. decision to talk with the PLO, Israeli leaders have insisted they will never do so. Shamir also rejects Arab proposals for a United Nations-sponsored international conference leading to a Palestinian state. Asked about a truce in the 13-month Palestinian uprising suggested by Mayor Elias Freij of the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Arafat noted that "brother Elias Freij has retreated" on the suggestion because "he realized the Israelis are not Intending to take a step forward in order to attain peace in the Middle East." Arafat earlier had been quoted as saying anyone trying to stop the uprising "exposes himself to the bullets of our peo ple." Arafat aides denied the statement had been meant as a threat to Freij. 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