French and Italian troops began taking up position at Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut on September 27 and 28 after the Israeli army withdrew from the Lebanese capital, except at the airport and seaport.
GVs & SVs French troops guarding Shatila refugee camp. (9 SHOTS)
GVs French troops with rifles on balconies overlooking Shatila camp streets. (3 SHOTS)
GV People walking through wreckage in Shatila streets. (2 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs French troops guarding Sabra refugee camp. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN French jeeps parked in wrecked camp.
GV PAN & GVs People and French troops walking through Sabra street. (2 SHOTS)
GV Cat and kitten on top of captured ammunition box. (2 SHOTS)
SVs French troops carrying out ammunition boxes and rockets. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Troops patrolling streets.
GV French troops carrying out ammunition and land mine. (2 SHOTS)
GV Bulldozer cleaning wreckage as Italian troops watch. (8 SHOTS)
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Background: French and Italian troops began taking up position at Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut on September 27 and 28 after the Israeli army withdrew from the Lebanese capital, except at the airport and seaport. The multinational force, requested by Lebanon's government to protect civilians following the massacre of several hundred Palestinians allegedly by Lebanese rightist groups, had refused to take up positions earlier because of the Israeli presence in the city. By midday on September 27 two truckloads of French troops were searching for mines in the Shatila camp, while in the Sabra camp, French troops located several boxes of ammunition and rockets left behind by the evacuating Palestinian guerrillas or the Lebanese rightist groups. Italian marines were also looking on as bulldozers cleared the remains of several houses and uncovered more half-buried bodies in the process. The Italian units will be responsible for guarding the area south of Shatila and the adjoining Sabra camp.