Snipers opened fire at government offices and other targets in the centre of Beirut on Thursday (15 February).
LV AND CU: Shi'ite women demonstrators marching with portraits of Imam Moussa Sadr and chanting. (2 shots)
SV: Lebanese government troops barricading road to Presidential Palace.
LV: women demonstrators
SV AND CU: women in car with portrait of Imam of front. (2 shots)
SV: troops across road.
SV AND CU: demonstrators assembled at rally. (3 shots)
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Background: Snipers opened fire at government offices and other targets in the centre of Beirut on Thursday (15 February). The firing followed Wednesday's (14 February) flare-up in Christian residential districts in southern Beirut. The right-wing Falangist radio said five people were killed and fourteen wounded in the clashed fire. But the Arab side blamed right-wing militiamen for the fighting.
SYNOPSIS: Lebanon's Shi'ite Moslems have added to the tension by demonstrating in Beirut's Hadath and Baabda districts against the disappearance of the country;s Shi'ite leader, the Imam Moussa Sadr.
The Imam, head of the Lebanese Supreme Moslem Shi'ite Council, disappeared last August while travelling to i???bya. Nothing has been heard of him since, although Savak - the Iranian secret police - Colonel Qadhafi of Libya and "imperialists" have all been blamed for his supposed abduction.
The Imam is to the Muslim population of southern Lebanon what the Ayatollah Komeini is to Iran's Shi'ite Moslem. The purpose of the demonstrations by his followers was to force the authorities to make a full investigation into the disappearance of the religious leader.