Israeli planes launched waves of night attacks over Beirut on July 26.
NIGHT - NBC 26 JULY.
1. GV Flare lighting up Beirut skyline 0.08
2. GVs Flares lighting up sky as bombs explode in distance (2 shots) 0.33
3. SV Buildings silhouetted against moonlit sky 0.37
DAY - AWWAD 27 JULY.
4. SVs Mothers with children (3 shots) 0.44
5. GVs & SVs Wrecked building (3 shots) 0.50
6. SVs Debris and rubble on ground (7 shots) 1.08
7. SV Old woman walking through rubble strawn streets 1.11
8. SV & CU Man in hospital with broken arm (2 shots) 1.17
9. SVs Men with leg, stomach and arm wounds in hospital (4 shots) 1.25
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
Israeli planes launched waves of night attacks over Beirut on July 26. Brilliant flares lit up the Lebanese capital and helped the pilots to guide their bombs on to targets. The attacks were centred on southern Beirut, which was blacked out following an electricity failure. Left wing radio stations also reported that Israeli ships shelled coastal areas of the city. Palestinian sources said 54 civilians were killed or injured during the bombing. By morning on July 27, it was clear just how serious the damage was. One multi-storey block had received a direct hit; its top floors were in ruins. Elsewhere, rubble covered the streets. A pile of shattered concrete blocked a road. Cars were wrecked, shops and garages destroyed. The injured received treatment for their wounds, never knowing when the next attacks would come. In the event, they did not have to wait long. A renewed Israeli air raid came later in the day. It was the eighth in five days, and laid waste to large areas of central West Beirut. This time the Palestinians said 84 people were killed.
Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED AND REUTERS - MOHAMMED AWWAD