INTRODUCTION: United States special envoy Philip Habib left Israel unexpectedly on Friday (22 May) for Lebanon to continue his efforts for a peaceful solution to the Syrian missile crisis.
GV Fighters dug into defensive positions against wall
GV Fighter using small radio
GV Fighters moving to new positions as cameraman takes photographs; bazooka fired (2 shots)
GV Deserted streets in Green Line area (2 shots)
CU Damaged building
GV Quiet streets with damaged buildings (3 shots)
GV Traffic and pedestrians in Green Line area (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: United States special envoy Philip Habib left Israel unexpectedly on Friday (22 May) for Lebanon to continue his efforts for a peaceful solution to the Syrian missile crisis. Israel Radio said Mr. Habib also intended to visit Damascus for further talks with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. The U.S. envoy flew to Syria after fighting had again flared up between opposing forces in the Lebanese capital. During an overnight artillery duel, a shell hit the presidential palace, damaging President Elias Sarkis's private office.
SYNOPSIS: The big guns of the Christian militia and the forces in predominantly Moslem west Beirut have remained comparatively silent after one of the fiercest artillery battles of war. A ceasefire came into effect on Tuesday (19 May) after 48 hours of heavy shell fire. At least 30 people were killed, and more than a hundred wounded by shells, rockets and bullets. This film, taken on Thursday (21 May), shows a quiet situation in the city with only sporadic bursts for gunfire.
In Tel Aviv, Israeli officials have expressed concern over reports that the Soviet Embassy in Beirut had started evacuating the wives and children of diplomats because of the missile crisis. One official said if these reports were true it could mean trouble. But another said Israel still hoped the situation could be solved peacefully.
Israeli leaders say they want a peaceful solution of the crisis, undeterred by Syria's public dismissal of American proposals so far. And reports from Damascus say that Syria is ready for any further U.S. mediation despite its rejection of suggestions made so far. Meanwhile reports on Thursday said Israeli frogmen had sunk a small Syrian vessel in Southern Lebanon's port of Sidon. They said a Jordanian child on the boat was killed and the child's father wounded.