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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

War Cleanup Begins as Truce Holds

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Hundreds of electrical and civil engineers toiled Monday to repair power stations, water pipes and road networks destroyed in Israel's 16-day war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.


UN officers in south Lebanon said the U.S.-brokered cease-fire that started at dawn Saturday was holding, and Lebanon's Shiite Moslems began preparations for a mass funeral Tuesday for 91 civilians killed in an April 18 Israeli artillery attack on a UN base sheltering refugees in the village of Qana.


Some 162 people were killed and 339 wounded in the 16 days of fighting, which reduced some villages in south Lebanon to rubble. Most of the dead were Lebanese civilians.


On the other side of the border, Israeli Finance Minister Avraham Shohat estimated property damage from Hezbollah's rocket attacks at about $9 million, with another $30 million damage from work stoppages, tourism loss and other related causes, in addition to millions more in military costs.


?Palestinian President Yasser Arafat will fly to Washington on Tuesday for possible talks with President Bill Clinton on the future of the PLO peace deal with Israel, Arafat's spokesman Marwan Kanafani said Monday.


Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres also will be in Washington, but there were no plans for Peres and Arafat to meet there, Kanafani said.


On Monday, Arafat held talks in Cairo with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the Middle East peace process. Arafat did not speak with reporters at the airport before meeting Mubarak. at his residence.