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    SOUTH OF SIDON, SOUTHERN LEBANON

    INTRODUCTION: The Lebanese Army re-opened the way across the Litany River at Kassmieh on Thursday (3 September).

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    SOUTH OF SIDON, SOUTHERN LEBANON

    GV PAN FROM Old bridge to new bridge across Litany River 0.09
    GV Lebanese soldiers on bridge (2 shots) 0.20
    SV Soldiers patrolling bridge 0.24
    SV PAN Army jeep crosses bridge during tests 0.33
    GV Soldiers being carried across bridge in the mechanical shovel of earthmover 0.50
    SV Finance Minister Ali Al-Khalil talking to army officers at entrance to bridge 0.56
    SV PAN FROM Soldiers TO Khalil talking to officer (2 shots) 1.15
    GV First cars crossing the bridge 1.32

    Background: SOUTH OF SIDON, SOUTHERN LEBANON

    INTRODUCTION: The Lebanese Army re-opened the way across the Litany River at Kassmieh on Thursday (3 September). The old bridge was destroyed by Israeli bombs in July, and a temporary bridge has been built.

    SYNOPSIS: The old bridge, south of Sidon in Northern Tyre was attacked twice by Israeli jets in their raids on Palestinian supply routes. The new one is a temporary English metal bridge.

    Fifteen people died during the Kassmieh raid on July the 23rd. Now Lebanese soldiers keep a tight control on the region.

    The first vehicles over the new bridge were two Army jeeps. The temporary crossing has a limit of thirty-five tonnes.

    Some of the soldiers preferred a more novel mode of conveyance. It was hard to believe this had been the scene of such destruction a short while ago.

    Lebanon's Finance Minister and South Deputy, Ali Al Khalil, opened the new Kassmieh Bridge Mr. Khalil said the defence of Southern Lebanon was not only a concern for his country's defence forces, but should be a concern for all the Arab countries. He said this area was the gateway for the Israelis not only to Lebanon, but to all the Arab states.

    At least fifteen bridges and major roads were destroyed or seriously damaged in the July conflict, as well as oil refineries and power stations.

    Source: REUTERS - MOHAMMED AWWAD

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2D16CMCUPSW0A2YJ3HB1DSD8Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA2D16CMCUPSW0A2YJ3HB1DSD8Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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