In Lebanon six Christian Organisations have called a general strike for next Wednesday (13 September) to protest against severe Syrian artillery bombardments of residential areas in Christian Eastern Beirut.
GV Landrovers with militiamen driving down street.
MV PAN Damaged building.
SV Two women carrying bucket.
MV Armed man with rifle at ready.
AV Armed militiamen running through trees.
CU Militiaman with R.P.G. Rocket Launcher PULL BACK TO GV building in distance.
SV Coffin being carried in procession to burial place situated in Hadath.
MV Coffin lowered and placed into wall opening.
CU Hadath parliament Deputy, Pierre Dakkash speaking in English.
DAKKASH: "The last time was when I went to the President of the Republic and I explained to him that there was no reason for the bombardment of their region. He said that he would be dong his best so that everything has to be stopped. And unfortunately, not more than three weeks, then the bombardment started again. And as you see this bombardment, the aim of this bombardment was not, as you are hearing also at this time, is not the goal is most probably the displacement of the people of this region to some other place."
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Background: In Lebanon six Christian Organisations have called a general strike for next Wednesday (13 September) to protest against severe Syrian artillery bombardments of residential areas in Christian Eastern Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: Militiamen patrolled the streets as the Christian community in the Eastern districts of Hadath in Beirut count the cost after a night of fierce bombardment during which, according to the rightwing Falangist Radio, the Syrians fired about 2,000 shells into the district within 12 hours. Syrian troops and Lebanese rightists battled until the early hours of Sunday morning (10 September) in some of the Worst violence since a 5-day artillery bombardment killed at least 200 early in July.
The right-wing Falangist party radio station reported that one person was killed and at least 25 were wounded in fresh violence which erupted on Sunday night(10 September), but the violence was not as intense as Friday and Saturday (8 & 9 September) when bombardment from the Syrian gunners is reported to have killed at least eight and wounded 160.
This funeral was for a man who died when a shell hit his home. A war of accusations also rages. The leader of the Right-wing National Liberal Party (NLP) says that the military activity is a plot to undermine the Middle East summit conference at Camp David. Hadath Parliament Deputy Pierre Dakkash thinks there could be other motives.