The Lebanese army has organised a two-week military training course for pupils and students.
SV Trainer showing girls how to use guns (2 shots)
SV Girls marching (2 shots)
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Background: The Lebanese army has organised a two-week military training course for pupils and students. It's part of a general mobilisation plane among Palestinian schools following fears of Israeli attacks on southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Some 300 girls from various schools in the Beirut area gathered for the crack course at the city's Arab University on Thursday (18 September). They were supervised by members of the Palestinian Armed Struggle Command (PASC), who--in the course of the training programme--showed the 17-year-old girls how to use Soviet-made Kalashnikov assault rifles.
Fears of Israeli attacks on southern Lebanon and Palestinian refugee camps have contributed to the setting up of these training programmes. Last month, the head of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), Yasser Arafat, said women should be trained to fire anti-aircraft missiles, light guns and do first aid duties.
PLO-Chief Yasser Arafat compared the role of Palestinian women to what he called the struggle of Vietnamese women against the United States and its allies.