The Arab League stepped in Friday to try to halt renewed violence that has dragged Christian army units, Druse militiamen and Syrian gunners into the fighting, killing 81 people this month.

Fifteen of the deaths came during artillery duels the past 24 hours, police said.Kuwait's ambassador to Syria, Ahmed Jassem, met Friday for 75 minutes with Gen. Michel Aoun, who commands the 20,000-member Christian force fighting against Druse militiamen and their Syrian backers. Aoun also leads a Christian government that rivals a Moslem Cabinet for political control of Lebanon.

Jassem, dispatched to Beirut late Thursday by the Arab League nations, said he met Aoun to discuss a cease-fire in the 14-year civil war and "a solution to the present confrontation."