Syrian-backed Amal militiamen exchanged machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades with gunmen of the pro-Iranian Hezbollah in an eighth day of fighting that spread into Moslem west Beirut, police said Saturday.

Police said the fighting ended when Syrian troops moved into the two Beirut neighborhoods late Friday night. There were no reported casualties.The latest round of violence between the rival Shiite Moslem militias, which broke out eight days ago, occurred despite an appeal by Iranian President Ali Khamenei for a halt to the fighting, radio stations reported.