Syrian army peace forces extended their control to almost all of Lebanon on Sunday (21 November) when their tanks and troops entered the northern city of Tripoli and the southern port of Sidon.
GV Tank entering Sidon
SV People waving olive branches from balcony PAN TO tank driving past (3 shots)
SV Woman throwing flowers to soldiers on tank
SV Children waving to tanks
SV Tank down street PAN TO GV Sidon
SVs Tanks along road watched by people on balcony (3 shots)
SV Tanks along road
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Background: Syrian army peace forces extended their control to almost all of Lebanon on Sunday (21 November) when their tanks and troops entered the northern city of Tripoli and the southern port of Sidon.
SYNOPSIS: The reception for the tanks in Sidon, 25 miles (40 kms) south of Beirut, was quiet but happy. Residents waved olive branches and threw flowers to the Syrians on the tanks. It was in contrast to the boisterous welcome they received in Tripoli. There, left-wing militia men emptied their machine guns into the air for joy, wounding about a dozen people, some seriously. By Sunday afternoon, the Syrian army controlled Lebanon's coastal high-way from the Syrian border in the north to south of Sidon. That's a distance of 100 miles (160 kms) and about four fifths of the length of the country.
The number of Syrian army peace-keepers in Lebanon is now estimated at close to 30,000. They are equipped with hundreds of tanks and heavy guns and are pledged to smash any force on either side which attempts to resume the civil war. Arab summit conferences last month agreed on an eventual multi-nation peacekeeping force of 30,0000 men, but contingents from other Arab countries have so far numbered fewer than 2,000.