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Protest halts

Palestinian deportees in south- east Lebanon trudged back to their tent camp in the rain yesterday, ending a week-long outdoor sit-in in protest against the resumption of Arab-Israeli peace talks in Washington, AP reports from Marj al-Zohour.

Abdul-Aziz Rantisi, spokesman for the nearly 400 exiles, said strong winds and heavy rains overnight made it impossible to continue the protest.