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Byblos

(bĭb`ləs), ancient city, Phoenicia, a port 17 mi (27 km) NNE of modern Beirut, Lebanon. The principal city of Phoenicia during the 2d millennium B.C., it long retained importance as an active port under the Persians. Byblos was the chief center of the worship of Adonis. Because of its papyruses, it was also the source of the Greek word for book and, hence, of the name of the Bible. Excavations of Byblos, especially since 1922, have shown that trade existed between Byblos and Egypt as early as c.2800 B.C. A syllabic script found at Byblos dates from the 18th to the 15th cent. B.C.
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Fighting in Bint Jbail, in the southeast corner of Lebanon, also killed 15 guerrillas, the military said.
They said Bint Jbail was important to Hezbollah because its leader had made a defiant speech there after Israel ended its occupation of southern Lebanon in 2000.
8:30am local time : President Michel Sulaiman cast his vote in his hometown Amchit, in Jbail district.
Bint Jbail is a symbol of Hizbullah", said Dan Halutz, Israeli chief of staff, claiming a few hundred Hizbullah fighters were in the area along with 500 civilians who had not heeded Israeli warnings to flee.
FIERCE fighting intensified at the border as Israeli troops moved deeper into Lebanon to besiege the biggest town close to the border - Bint Jbail, nicknamed the "capital of the resistance" due to its intense support of Hezbollah during Israel's 1982-2000 occupation of the south.
Israeli artillery barrages sent plumes of smoke into the air and the military said soldiers moved in and took control of a hilltop inside Bint Jbail, about 2 miles from the border.
March 14 spokesman Fares S'aid, a candidate running in the president's hometown Jbail, an ancient Maronite port north of Beirut, told reporters Sulaiman has lent his support to the three pro-March 14 candidates running against Aoun's list in the district.
The move by President Sulaiman, a popular figure among Lebanon's Christian community, is expected to tip the balance in favour of March 14, led by Sa'ad Hariri, in Jbail, a closely contested district.
I have been doing it all along, but I'd like to see other contenders," Essam, an engineer from the southern Bint Jbail district, says.
At the Menara Kibbutz on a high ridge overlooking Lebanon, streaof smoke drifted from the town of Mes e Jbail from apparent Israeli shelling.
In Bint Jbail, once a town of nearly 40,000 people, the Hizbollah influence is evident elsewhere.
Ehud Olmert' Press photographer Wael Ladiki carries an elderly woman after she spent a week in a basement of the southern town of Bint Jbail, Lebanon, site of the bloody week-long siege of Hezbollah fighters by Israeli forces