In South Lebanon, Palestinian and Lebanese Leftist troops have set up a stronghold in the village of Maroun Al-Ras, near the city of Tyre, after driving out an occupying force of Israeli-backed rightists.
GV & CU: Captured Israeli-built armoured vehicle.
CU: Hebrew writing on dashboard.
GV: Palestinian soldiers stand aloft on vehicle.
GV & CU: Captured machine guns and other weapons including rockets and mortars, on show. (5 SHOTS)
GV: Captured super Sherman tank on show near refugee camp. (4 SHOTS)
GV & CU: Bodies of Rightist fighters killed in assault. (3 SHOTS)
LV: Israeli jet flying over.
GV & CU: United Nations trucks with UN marking on show. (3 SHOTS)
The Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported on Wednesday (1 March, that Palestinian and Leftist forces had halted an advance by Israeli-backed Rightists in the South Lebanon as they tried to advance on the village of Aitatoun, near the Israeli border.
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Background: In South Lebanon, Palestinian and Lebanese Leftist troops have set up a stronghold in the village of Maroun Al-Ras, near the city of Tyre, after driving out an occupying force of Israeli-backed rightists.
SYNOPSIS: Palestinian officials said their joint forces, supported by a dozen tanks and armoured cars, had attacked the small hamlet a few hours after it had been occupied by Rightist troops. This Israeli-built tank was one of two to have knocked-out in the assault.
The hilltop village overlooks Israeli settlements less than a mile (two kilometres) away, and villagers believe the Leftist forces intend to stay.
Before the Leftist assault, the Right-wing Falangist Voice of Lebanon radio said their forces had "liberated" the village. An Israeli army spokesman denied that Israel had mechanised units in the village, but some captured arms the Palestinians showed to newsmen -- including M16 rifles rocket launchers -- had Hebrew markings.
The Palestinians say the Rightists left behind six tanks, four of them burning. Among them was this Sherman tank, which was captured almost intact.
It captors say this tank had been modified to Israeli specifications. They say that, while in occupation, rightist forces used the village to shell the Leftist Bint Jbeil stronghold.
The Palestinians say their casualties were minor - with just three men wounded during the assault, but they claim to have killed 14 Rightists, and put these bodies on grim display in the mortuary of the region's hospital to support their claims.
The international Red Cross will supervise the return of the bodies to their families.
An Israeli jet made a pass over the village as the Palestinians showed off the captured weapons. These are United Nations vehicles, they claim, which the Rightist forces had stolen, repainted and used in the initial assault on the village. They will be returned to United Nations forces by the Palestinians.