Lebanon's coming President Bashir Gemayel faces a daunting task.
1. TRACKING SHOT AND GVs Damaged buildings in Beirut (4 shots) 0.43
2. GV PAN Bombed stadium and burnt out car (3 shots) 1.22
3. GV Wreckage of car on slope 1.27
4. SCU Saeb Salam, former Lebanese Prime Minister, speaking in English (3 shots) 2.12
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT OF SEQ. 4. SALAM:"I take this opportunity, here, now, to declare Beirut a disaster area. And you know what this means in universal language. I hope this will draw the attention o many good people all over the world, to Beirut, which is in bad need of help from outside. I am all out really for Lebanon standing up and demanding war reparations from the cruel invador, the Israeli, who is bound by his cruel, disastrous invasion of Lebanon".
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
Lebanon's coming President Bashir Gemayel faces a daunting task. Three months of Israeli air attacks have reduced Beirut to a wasteland. Main roads are sown with mines, buildings gutted, and streets still littered with burnt out wreckage. The devastation has been immense in terms of human lives. Since June 4, more than 5,000 people have been killed, and 11,000 wounded in Beirut alone. The figures, released by the Lebanese authorities on September 6, are said to be provisional since many of the civilian dead remain buried beneath damaged buildings. Now that the last of the Palestinian guerrillas have left, the authorities are grappling with the problem of reunifying a city long split between Christian and Moslem factions. The Interior Ministry has banned the wearing of uniforms by irregular foces but senior officials say it will take four to five years to put the country back on its feet. Former Prime Minister Saeb Salam has denounced as "chickenfeed" the proposed US aid of 95 million Dollars to rebuild Beirut. Mr. Salam, who helped to negotiate the US-backed plan for evacuation of the Palestinian guerrillas said Israel should pay was for evacuation of the Palestinian said Israel should pay was reparation to Lebanon.
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