In Lebanon a fragile peace settled over the southern area of the country as U.N.?
GV: lines of cars stationary along roadside
GV PAN: van passing ruined building.
SV: women walking through deserted village street.
GV: people walking around debris and wrecked buildings.
TRAVEL SHOT: woman walking in deserted street.
SV: women collecting and sorting possessions among ruins. (2 shots)
SV PAN: taxi driver carrying away possessions and putting them in car.
GV: people sorting through debris looking for possessions (2 shots)
SV PAN: man carrying chest of drawers
GV: Israeli patrol post with armoured car.
CU AND SV: doctors examining patient (2 shots)
GV: Israeli bulldozer clearing rubble from road
GV: prefabricated huts.
SV PAN: woman coming out of hut.
SV: refugees PAN TO possessions
CU: Abbasiye resident Ami Dehiani speaking
WAIN: "With the ceasefire holding a large number of refugees are making the journey back to their villages in southern Lebanon. But they have returned to a wasteland. These women arrived back by taxi from Beirut, unaware of the scale of Israel's massive aerial and artillery bombardment. As they turned the corner they found their homes in rubble. The little of value that had not been destroyed had been looted. They like other villagers, have paid a heavy price of being the reluctant hosts to the Palestinians. With nowhere to live they handed their few possessions to the taxi driver for the return journey to Beirut -- and a future as long-term refugees. The refugees problem will not be solved if the Israelis withdraw and the United Nations establish themselves. A devastation has occurred which will take years to put right.
Those who do stay scavenge for bits and pieces from which they can attempt to rebuild their homes. In this village they've already suffered casualties from the mines that were left in the wake of the Israeli advance. The Israelis have stated their own aid programme -- military doctors have opened makeshift surgeries -- free paraffin and food supplies are taken to the worst affected villages. In some, Israeli bulldozers are already clearing away the rubble. In the village of Abbasiye they've erected a few pre-fab houses. The Israelis are making strenuous efforts to appear humane as the villagers return after what has occurred in the past weeks.
In Abbasiye one local resident, Ami Dehiani, spoke about recent events in the area and his opinions of the Palestinian guerrillas.
DEHIANI:"There was here some armies and the guerrillas -- and the guerrillas not from Abbasiye itself. They were coming from somewhere around out there and they kill here."
REPORTER:"And why did you left them come here?"
DEHIANI:"They have everything by force, by power, we can't say nothing because we do not know their name -- they control our leaders against us."
REPORTER:"(indistinct) wants to make a South Lebanese army with Jews and Christians-are you going to join this army?"
DEHIANI:"Well I am with everyone who can protect me and protect my house."
REPORTER:"Would you go to such an army and fight against the terrorists -- against Fatah?"
DEHIANI:"Well, not against Fatah, against some people in Fatah -- because there is so many leaders in Fatah and that's so they not control themselves."
Diplomatic sources in Beirut have been quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that more than 400 Iraqi volunteers entered the southern area of Lebanon, last weekend to fight alongside the Palestinians in their continuing guerrilla war against the Israeli invaders.
REPORTER: CHRIS WAIN
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Background: In Lebanon a fragile peace settled over the southern area of the country as U.N. forces took up their positions between Palestinian guerrillas and the Israeli occupation forces on Thursday (30 March). For the first time since Israel launched its massive land, sea and air invasion two weeks ago there were no report of fighting. However the United Nations forces have already suffered casualties -- one of them fatal -- and Palestinian commandos have said they will not allow Unifil to interfere with their guerrilla operations. So far Israel has shown no signs of preparing to leave -- so the U.N. task is both delicate and dangerous. But as always, it is the civilian population of the area who have suffered the most. The BBC's Chris Wain visited the village of Abbasiye in southern Lebanon on Thursday -- here's his report.