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Friday, May 28, 1999 Published at 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK

World: Middle East

Lebanese PM seeks to reassure Jezzine

The Lebanese prime minister, Salim al-Hoss, has sought to reassure the inhabitants of the Jazzine enclave that it will look after them if the pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army militia withdraws its forces.

He said they had nothing to fear.

The speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Nabih Berri, who leads the Shi'a group, Amal, dismissed concerns that a sectarian conflict could erupt between the Christian inhabitants of Jezzine and their Muslim neighbours.

Israeli, SLA and Hizbollah guerrilla forces have all been in action in the area today Friday. Lebanese radio reported that Israeli warplanese fired missiles at a former SLA post in the enclave, while Hizbollah launched rockets and artillery at the SLA's headquarters in Jezzine.

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