Syrian troops, now part of the combined Arab peace keeping force, wound their way down the mountains surrounding Beirut on Wednesday (10 November) in an impressive display of strength that may impose peace on the war ravaged Lebanese capital.
GV Beirut from nearby mountains
GV Troops in streets (3 shots)
GV Tank tolling through and tanks advancing (4 shots)
GV Tank on hillside
GV Troops standing near damaged house
GV Troops on hill overlooking Beirut
SV Peace keeping force commander entering building and talking with Jumnblatt (4 shots)
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Background: Syrian troops, now part of the combined Arab peace keeping force, wound their way down the mountains surrounding Beirut on Wednesday (10 November) in an impressive display of strength that may impose peace on the war ravaged Lebanese capital.
SYNOPSIS: As the Syrians reached the southern outskirts of Beirut, a thunderous military barrage crashed into the leftist held western areas of the city. Hospital sources said at least two people were killed and 30 wounded by shells which landed in the Hamara shopping district. But it may have been the last big bombardment of the Lebanon's bloody civil war. By the time the Syrians reached the city it was clear that no force currently in the country could hope to stand against their awesome firepower.
Long columns of Syrian tanks, troops and artillery streamed down from the hills to surround Beirut. Left wing militiamen and right wing private armies melted away before the advancing force.
Syrian guns now bear directly down onto the Lebanese capital and the main coastal highway. The new peace keeping force is pledged to a tough, impartial policy set up by the Arab League summit meeting in Cairo last month.
The new peacekeeping force is under the personal command of Lebanese president Elias Sarkis and under the field command of Colonel El-Hajj -- another Lebanese. Colonel Hajj held talks with Lebanese left wing leader Kamal Jumnlatt in Beirut on Wednesday. The two men discussed the delicate and daunting task ahead of the peacekeeping force.