Left-wing guerrillas of the Popular Liberation Forces (FPL) took over four san Salvador radio stations on Thursday night (31 July) to broadcast appeals for revolution and police reported at least seven more deaths in the continuing wave of violence sweeping the country.
GV AND SV Burning vehicles with El salvador militia's in foreground (4 shots)
GV Lines of vehicles being checked by security forces (3 shots)
SV Security forces searching people (2 shots)
GV AND SV Refugee camp with women and men peeling potatoes, with machetes (2 shots)
GV Red Cross clinic, people queueing to be vaccinated (4 shots)
GV Camp with dead bodies lying around after shootout (4 shots)
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Background: Left-wing guerrillas of the Popular Liberation Forces (FPL) took over four san Salvador radio stations on Thursday night (31 July) to broadcast appeals for revolution and police reported at least seven more deaths in the continuing wave of violence sweeping the country. Police said the FPL and other extreme leftist organisations had united under one command for a "final offensive" against the El Salvador security forces. On Wednesday (30 July) guerrillas ambushed and set afire three buses, blocking traffic on the highway north of San Salvador for several hours.
SYNOPSIS: The leftists seized the buses and a British American tobacco truck and ordered the passengers off, before setting fire to the vehicles. The militia arrived and drove the guerrillas off in a running gun battle.
The incident was a minor one in the recent flame- up of violence around the capital and in the northeast part of the country.
Traffic along the highway north of the city was blocked for several hours, and security forces ran a careful check of all cars and occupants. In the capital and suburbs, a rash of murder campaigns has broken out among both right and left wing groups battling for control of the country.
Recent reports of a major battle between the security forces and guerrillas in northeast El Salvador were denied by Defence Minister, Jose Guillermo Garcia. These people are some of the ten thousand peasants evacuated from several northern towns and given temporary shelter in Ilobasco.
The evacuation is seen as a prelude to a possible large scale assault on the area, and each displaced family is being vaccinated, as a precaution, against smallpox.
Although the armed forces of the ruling military junta have given little information about the northern fighting, casualties and troops movements, unconfirmed reports said that six thousand troops had moved into the area.
Two casualties of a gunfight lie in the camp. According to reports, government troops have suffered heavy casualties at the hands of the guerrillas. And Colonel Garcia has claimed that the peasants fled their towns to seck protection from the security forces. This followed threats by guerrilla organisations to kill them if they did not join the "armed struggle" against the government.