Israel has mounted its most sustained air attack on Beirut since the invasion of Lebanon on June 6th.
SV Bombs exploding and smoke rising from buildings in Beirut
GV Israeli planes flying over and dropping bombs on city (3 shots)
Background: Israel has mounted its most sustained air attack on Beirut since the invasion of Lebanon on June 6th. The attack lasted for 11 hours until a ceasefire was declared on August 12th. The ceasefire came when President Reagan intervened, expressing his 'outrage' over the attack to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The White House in Washington spoke of 'more needless destruction and bloodshed'. According to the radio of the Palestine Liberation Organisation there were 100 raids by 64 aircraft. It said 400 houses had been destroyed, and more than 300 people killed of injured. Israeli tanks joined in the fierce bombardment of Palestinian stronghold in Beirut. The Israeli cabinet, agreeing to the new ceasefire, warned that its forces would strike back if guerrillas trapped in West Beirut opened fire. But the air attacks would only be resumed with the approval of the cabinet.