Hundreds of civilians, caught in the latest outbreak of fighting in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, have fled to the outskirts and set up refugee camps.
GV Burnt out house in Hadath, Beirut ZOOM INTO damage showing shell holes.
SV Missing wall from blasted house.
SV & CU Fragments of shells and debris. (2 SHOTS)
CU Young Christian speaking in English.
SV Christian husband and wife speaking in English.
GV & SV Juneih, Mount Lebanon region, refugee camp with refugees eating in tents. (3 SHOTS)
SV Child playing with toy truck.
GV Refugees sleeping on camp beds in tents. (2 SHOTS)
GV Children fetching water in plastic bottles.
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SV & CU INTERIOR Baby being fed by nun.
SV People sleeping in convent on floor.
SV Women washing up dishes as old man is hand-fed.
GV Small children in camp beds.
MAN: "I think because we are Christian, first, and they want to put the Palestinian, and to shut out the Christian people."
MAN: "(INDISTINCT) We feel that we are left on ourselves, and the big countries are not worrying about the Lebanese people living here; they are worrying about their own, (INDISTINCT), own, own, ...problems."
WOMEN: "(INDISTINCT) No-one cares any, anybody from Lebanon...if it's a matter of liquidation of the Christians, this is too difficult for them to make.
The Lebanese cabinet held an emergency meeting on Wednesday (26 July) to discuss the crisis. President Elias Sarkis threatened to resign after the outbreak of fighting in the Christian district of Ain Rummaneh on 1 July. He was dissuaded by envoys from several Arab states who feared his resignation would escalate the fighting into a full-scale civil war. After this week's cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss told newsmen he could see no prospects of an early end to the violence.
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Background: Hundreds of civilians, caught in the latest outbreak of fighting in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, have fled to the outskirts and set up refugee camps. At the beginning of July, a five-day battle in the Christian district of Ain Rummaneh, between Right-wing Christian militias and Syrian troops of the Arab Peace Keeping Force, left more than two hundred dead. A fragile cease-fire was shattered on Tuesday (25 July), when fighting broke out in the Christian suburb of Hadath, and at least thirty people have been killed and more than fifty injured.
SYNOPSIS: Building in Hadath were still smouldering on Wednesday (26 July), after being bombarded with mortars and shells. Residents sheltered in basements and cellars while the battle raged above them and then, during a lull in the fighting, fled the area. Three residents describes their reactions to this latest resurgence of violence in the city of their plight.
In Junieh, near Mount Lebanon, hundreds have taken refuge from the fighting. Right-wing militiamen claimed the Syrian troops had been firing 155 millimetre rockets, the largest shells in their arsenal. A Syrian forces' spokesman said the bombardment was launched because one of their soldiers was hit by mortar fire, but Right-wingers maintain the attack was unprovoked.
While the refugees shelter in convents, churches and schools, sporadic fighting continues in Hadath. The Syrian troops entered Lebanon to enforce the cease-fire which ended the civil was in 1976. The Right-wing Christian militiamen, once in support of the Syrians, now claim Syria intends to occupy Lebanon, and is attempting to wipe out the Christian community. Leaders of Left-wing Moslem groups have declared they are prepared to take over from the syrians and resume the civil war.