Lebanese Army units on July 4 deployed along the "Green Line" dividing Beirut, as part of a security devised by the "National Unity" government.
1. GV Lebanese Army trucks driving into West Beirut (2 shots) 0.09
2. SV Residents look out of window PULL BACK TO Lebanese troops in truck 0.13
3. SV & GV Army and Amal fighters, with green arm bands, discuss redeployment (3 shots) 0.22
4. GV Lebanese Army troops moving into position as militiamen watch by their jeeps and then move off with Lebanese Army officers (5 shots) 0.49
5. GV St Michael church PULL BACK TO Lebanese Army units moving into Galerie Semaan area as Amal militiamen watch from their jeeps and positions (5 shots) 1.18
6. GV Lebanese Army troops bringing up equipment on airport approach road (2 shots) 1.27
7. CU Lebanese Army soldier speaking (SOT) 1.49
8. SV & GV Lebanese Army soldiers behind wire fence and checking cars on approach to airport (6 shots) 2.13
9. GV Grounded MEA aircraft on tarmac at Beirut airport and ships in Beirut harbour with containers on quayside guarded by Lebanese Army units (3 shots) 2.24
10. GV Lebanese Army units guarding airport approach road as Lebanese Army personnel carrier moves down street (2 shots) 2.13
11. CU & SVs Lebanese women and children throwing flower petals on Lebanese Army convoy (3 shots) 2.42
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE SEVEN):
LEBANESE ARMY SOLDIER: "Of course I am happy for the start."
REPORTER: "Why are you happy?"
LEBANESE ARMY SOLDIER: "Because peace will be in Lebanon and everybody will be happy. No more war in Lebanon."
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
Lebanese Army units on July 4 deployed along the "Green Line" dividing Beirut, as part of a security devised by the "National Unity" government. In the early morning, troops of three bridges moved into position: sometimes taking over strong points from rival militias, and elsewhere deploying between them. Militiamen had the previous day begun withdrawing from West Beirut -- Druze military leaders had ordered their men to stop wearing uniforms and carrying guns in the city. Residents watched from their windows as the Army takeover got under way in the morning: fighters of the Ama Shi'ite militia talked with Army officer in West Beirut before surrendering their positions. In the southern suburbs, the Army moved into the areas devastated by bombardments and secured the approach to the airport. Beirut's port and airport have both been closed since February 6, following battles between Christian and Moslem forces. They were scheduled to re-open on July 6. Army helicopters were to provide a helicopter shuttle service for residents of East Beirut frightened to cross mainly Moslem West Beirut, but the national carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) was to run the flights later. In the port area, the Christian "Lebanese Forces" militia let the Army take over its positions but then men were later seen patrolling nearby in civilian clothes. They explained to Reuter's reporters that in civilian life they were port officials. Ministerial sources said that if the peace plan went well in Beirut, the next step would be to apply a similar operation to the hills around the capital, where Druze militiamen still hold positions confronting the Lebanese Army. Some Beirut residents were overjoyed by the Army's deployment, but many said they did not think the peace would be permanent. When Prime Minister Rashid Karami took over in April, he said his government was the last chance for Lebanon. His cabinet includes leaders of all the country's warring factions.
Source: REUTERS - MAHMOUD MAHFOUZ/MUSTAFA KASSEM/NBC