• Short Summary

    The Lebanese Government has formally agreed to a comprehensive security plan designed to halt the fighting in Beirut.The plan is intended to separate warring factions in Beirut's southern suburbs, the Shouf mountains and Kharroub province.News of the security initiative came on January 3, the day before an Israeli air attack on the Bekaa Valley, near Baalbek.The old city is a stronghold of the pro-Iranian Shi'ite Moslem fundamentalist group known as "Islamic Amal".Nabih Berri, leader of the Shi'ite Amal Militia in Beirut, strongly criticised the Israeli attacks, accusing the Israel government of trying to undermine the security project.Israeli officials say Islamic Amal bases are staging points for guerrilla attacks against Israeli troops in Southern Lebanon.Under the security plan, buffer zones would be treated between the Lebanese Army, Amal, the Druze Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese Christian militia.The leftist newspaper As-Safir reported on January 5 that Amal objected to certain aspects of the security plan.The same day, Mr.Berri had talks with Lebanese Foreign Minister Elie Salem and Lebanese businessman Rafiq Al-Hariri to discuss details of the security plan.Hariri, who is mediating between the warring factions on behalf of Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia, was asked by reporters when the plan would come into effect.He replied "We're hoping for the best".

  • Description

    January 4, 1984: CU Amal leader Nabih Berri, speaking about Israeli bombings in Lebanon. (English SOT)

    January 5, 1984: CU, PAN & SV Berri (seated centre) at meeting with mediator Hariri and Lebanese Foreign Minister Salem. (5 SHOTS)

    TRANSCRIPT: BERRI: (SEQ 1) "If we look back about Israeli project for long time ago against the Lebanese, Palestinians against the civilians, it is come from one method the Israeli use all the time. I think this time they attack in the beginning of 1984, yesterday in the mountains, and today in the Bekaa Valley to kill not the people only, but to kill our security project."

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    Background: The Lebanese Government has formally agreed to a comprehensive security plan designed to halt the fighting in Beirut.The plan is intended to separate warring factions in Beirut's southern suburbs, the Shouf mountains and Kharroub province.News of the security initiative came on January 3, the day before an Israeli air attack on the Bekaa Valley, near Baalbek.The old city is a stronghold of the pro-Iranian Shi'ite Moslem fundamentalist group known as "Islamic Amal".Nabih Berri, leader of the Shi'ite Amal Militia in Beirut, strongly criticised the Israeli attacks, accusing the Israel government of trying to undermine the security project.Israeli officials say Islamic Amal bases are staging points for guerrilla attacks against Israeli troops in Southern Lebanon.Under the security plan, buffer zones would be treated between the Lebanese Army, Amal, the Druze Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese Christian militia.The leftist newspaper As-Safir reported on January 5 that Amal objected to certain aspects of the security plan.The same day, Mr.Berri had talks with Lebanese Foreign Minister Elie Salem and Lebanese businessman Rafiq Al-Hariri to discuss details of the security plan.Hariri, who is mediating between the warring factions on behalf of Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia, was asked by reporters when the plan would come into effect.He replied "We're hoping for the best".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5GB6Z8MDTJVHXMIS0QFOS9M7N
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GB6Z8MDTJVHXMIS0QFOS9M7N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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