In the Lebanon, Beirut Radio today (Monday, March 24) accused Israel and its Lebanese Rightist militia allies in the southern border areas of violating an undeclared ceasefire.
GV market place in Tyre with traffic and people
MV Scenes of damage to various buildings (5 shots)
SV Damaged buildings and cars in Nabatieh
CU Damaged car PAN UP TO shell-damaged building with residents looking over balcony
CU Damage to building
MV Woman clearing rubble and debris from room
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Background: In the Lebanon, Beirut Radio today (Monday, March 24) accused Israel and its Lebanese Rightist militia allies in the southern border areas of violating an undeclared ceasefire. This latest incident occurred 48 hours after artillery duels last week ended with United Nations forces mediation. At least five people were killed.
SYNOPSIS: According to Lebanese sources, the town of Tyre was shelled on Friday (21 March). They blamed heavy artillery from the Israeli-backed Rightist enclave further south. Two shells landed in Tyre barracks, manned by Dutch troops of the U.N. Peace-Keeping Force in the South. The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Fuad Butros said soon after that he had intrusted Lebanon's delegation at the United Nations to lodge a complaint with the Security Council, reserving the right to call a debate to discuss the Israeli attacks. The Israelis denied that they took part in any of the fighting but placed their forces along the frontier on alert after Palestinian rockets landed in Israeli territory.
Another target of heavy shelling was the central market town of Nabatieh, which is a Palestinian leftist stronghold. The town is near Sidon, which had come under fire several times during the week. As the local residents began to sort through the rubble, a United Nations spokesman in the town said they had made contact with both sides and had managed to bring about a ceasefire. It brought only a temporary lull for the towns caught in the crossfire.