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Rival Shiite Moslem militias backed by Syria and Iran fought daylong tank and artillery battles in south Lebanon on Saturday, killing at least 17 people and wounding 45, police said.

Most of the casualties reported were from the Syrian-backed Amal movement, but police could not give a specific breakdown. Amal's rival, the pro-Iranian fundamentalist Hezbollah, or Party of God, appeared to have the upper hand in the fighting that began north of Sidon, 25 miles south of Beirut.At least six Shiite civilians, two of them children, were taken to Beirut's American University Hospital with serious wounds, radio stations reported.